Michael Slade is a playwright, television writer and award-winning children's novelist. His plays and musicals have been produced in New York City at MCC, EST, the Lark, the Lambs, the Promenade, and the York Theatre among others, as well as in Los Angeles, various regional theatres, and at the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland. And a Child Shall Lead (Playscripts) is regularly performed in regional, community and school theatres in the United States and around the world. Thanksgiving was originally presented in NYC by MCC. The Roundabout Theatre Company in NYC produced a reading of his new play, Under a Red Moon, starring Kate Burton and Billy Crudup. Under a Red Moon premiered at The Human Race Theatre, Dayton, Ohio, in October, 2012 in a co-production with the Carnegie Center, Covington, Kentucky. The Human Race Theatre previously commissioned Change (Playscripts), which they produced in September, 2011. His musicals include And the Curtain Rises (music by Joseph Thalken, lyrics by Mark Campbell), which premiered at the Signature Theatre, Arlington, Virginia, March, 2011, directed by Kristin Hanggi, and Bye, Bye Big Guy (music by David Evans, lyrics by Faye Greenberg) which premiered at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, NYC as part of the 2007 NYC International Fringe Festival.
Mr. Slade has written extensively for family audiences. His musicals: Hansel and Gretel (directed by Michael Mayer); The Great Brain; Goldilocks and the Three Bears; Where's Waldo? (starring Daphne Rubin Vega); The Swiss Family Robinson; The Three Pigs; Peter Rabbit; Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, and Superfudge (starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Barrett Foa), all produced by Theatreworks/USA; each opened in New York City and then toured the country. He also wrote the book to Pokemon Live! (starring Andrew Rannells) which opened at Radio City Music Hall prior to embarking on national and international tours. His first children's novel, The Horses of Central Park (Scholastic Hardcover/Apple Paperback), won the 1993 ISAR Award.
Mr. Slade's work for television has garnered him a 1997 Writers' Guild Award nomination for Another World, and a 2001 Emmy nomination for One Life to Live. He has also written for Passions and Days of Our Lives.