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Michael "Dola" Amendola (he/him) 

Michael is a Philadelphia & NYC-based performer, educator and clown who shares the language of *play* as a path to empowerment, discovery, and community. 


Some select regional productions include: Baal (starring Gabriel Luna and Adriene Mishler, directed by Obie and Lucille Lortel award-winning director Dustin Wills); the solo show Every Brilliant Thing at Mill Mountain Theatre; Our Town at ZACH (Austin Critics’ Table Award for ‘Best Supporting Actor’), 100 performances as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the American Shakespeare Center, and 600 performances of the Off-Broadway award-nominated comedy hit, Drunk Shakespeare.


He earned his BFA in Acting from Texas State University and has trained in various territories with world-renowned teachers such as Giovanni Fusetti, Lauren Lane, Aitor Basauri, Sophie Amieva, Julia Proctor, Chris Bayes, Adam Lazarus, Eric Davis and The Royal Shakespeare Company.


His desire to teach and create new work in new ways has led him to The Pig Iron School where he is currently pursuing an MFA in Devised Performance. He follows a clown ethos in order to disorient power and nourish imagination.

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