Keynote Speaker

Michael Bobbitt
Adventure Theatre MTC

Michael J. Bobbitt: Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC) since 2007, Michael leads, directs and develops the vision, theater productions, academy, and outreach programs. Under Michael’s leadership, ATMTC has grown from a $450K Budget to $2.6M and grown its patron base from 15K to 80K annually. Michael led the company through a merger with Musical Theatre Center in 2012.

Michael is the recipient of the 2015 Excel Leadership Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement and the 2010 County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities – Emerging Leader Award and Maryland Theatre Guide’s 2015 Person of the Year Award.  He studied creative writing and music at Susquehanna University and theater and dance at The Washington Ballet, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and NY University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Cap 21).   As a writer, his work has been accepted in the 2006 NYC International Fringe Festival, The New York Musical Theatre Festival. His new musicals, Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds and Caps for Sale appeared at the New Victory Theatre in NYC, toured Nationally and Three Little Birds received a Charles MacArthur Award Nomination for Outstanding New Play or Musical.

Michael has directed, choreographed and performed at many theatres in the DC region, including Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre Society, Next Stop Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Metro Stage, Rorshach Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Center Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, 1st Stage, The Music Center at Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, The Helen Hayes Awards and the Washington National Opera.  He has been nominated for numerous Helen Hayes Awards.