Michael Kaish

Music Director, Accompanist, Orchestrator

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Dir. Des McAnuff/MD Ron Melrose


Feinstein's at 54 Below

Dir. Jonathan Hogue





SETA  Tour 2018-2019

Dir. Des McAnuff/MD Ron Melrose





La Jolla Playhouse

Dir. Des McAnuff/MD Ron Melrose


Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre

MD Michael Querio


NightBlue Performing Arts

Dir. Kevin Bellie


Writers Theatre

Dir. William Brown/MD Tom Vendafreddo


Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Dir. Rachel Rockwell/MD Doug Peck


Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Dir. Amanda Dehnert


Paramount Theatre

Dir. Jim Corti/MD Tom Vendafreddo


Mercury Theater

Dir. Walter Stearns/MD Eugene Dizon


Porchlight Music Theatre

Dir. Michael Weber/MD Doug Peck


Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Dir. Barbara Gaines/MD Laura Bergquist


Court Theatre

Dir. Charlie Newell/MD Doug Peck


Goodman Theatre

Dir. Mary Zimmerman/MD Doug Peck


Brightside Theatre

Dir. Jeffrey Cass


AEA Staged Reading

Dir. Brendan Flynn


FWD Theatre Project

Dir. William Brown/MD Doug Peck


NEW YORK:


Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Music Assistant


Strangers Sings! The Unauthorized Parody

Music Director/Orchestrator



NATIONAL TOUR:


Jersey Boys

Associate Conductor/Key 2



REGIONAL:


Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

​Music Assistant


Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver 

Assistant Music Director/Conductor


Tarzan

Music Director/Conductor


Company 

Assistant Music Director/Conductor


Ride the Cyclone

Associate Music Director/Conductor/Keyboard                              


Into the Woods

Additional Orchestrations


Mamma Mia

Keyboard 3                                                                                                             


The Addams Family

Assistant Music Director/Conductor/Keyboard 1


Sweeney Todd

Assistant Music Director/Piano 2/Associate Conductor


Sense and Sensibility

Music Assistant


The Secret Garden 

Assistant Music Director


The Jungle Book

Copyist


The Sound of Music 

Music Director/Orchestrator 


Vote: An American Musical (Reading)

Music Director


Exposure (Reading) 

Copyist



TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

National High School Institute, Evanston, IL – Music Direction Faculty (2013-Present)
Northwestern University Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts – Accompanist 

Columbia College Chicago - Guest Music Director for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 

Chicago Academy of the Arts - Guest Music Director for Nine, A Little Night Music, Seussical
 


EDUCATION/TRAINING:

Northwestern University, Class of 2014 – B.A. in Theatre
-Music Direction/Orchestration: Ryan T. Nelson
-Sound: Josh Horvath

 
AWARDS:

2014 Bernard Dobrowski Award for Orchestration – For work on three Waa-Mu shows

2013 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards – Arrangement of “Cosmic Love” for X-Factors A Cappella nominated for Best Mixed Collegiate Song

 
SPECIAL SKILLS:

-Piano, Accompanying and Solo Performance
-Excellent Sight Reader
-Extensive Experience With Finale and Mainstage Software
-Very Fast Transcriber