Michael Hurst


In a career spanning over 40 years, Michael Hurst has worked in theatre, film and television as both actor and director. After two years as a trainee at Christchurch’s Court Theatre, he spent a further three years with Auckland’s influential Theatre Corporate, where he received training and invaluable experience as a member of that company.

Michael has been celebrated widely as one of New Zealand’s leading theatre actors with scores of roles to his credit ranging from Hamlet to The Widow Twankey. He is also known for his innovative and compelling productions of Shakespeare, and, more recently, for his solo work in plays such as No Holds Bard, The Daylight Atheist and An Iliad

In 2010 he directed a wildly successful production of Cabaret for the Auckland Theatre Company, and followed this in 2013 with an equally outrageous production of Chicago, starring Lucy Lawless. His own adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata in 2015 played to full houses and was received rapturously by critics.  

Highly regarded as a television director, he has pursued this aspect of his career for over 20 years, working on shows such as Spartacus, Westside and The Deadlands.

In 2003 he was made a New Zealand Arts Laureate, and in 2005 he was appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (O.N.Z.M) for services to theatre. 

Michael is a proud member of Equity New Zealand.