Acting provides wonder and insight to my existence. In order for my characters to live off the page every performance commands that I be truthful in my discoveries of whom they turn out to be. Sharing their stories with you can be an immensely personal and vulnerable journey, that requires a dose of bravery. Every time.
A full member of Actra, I am professionally trained and entirely committed to my craft.
I am currently featured in a national commercial for TD Insurance. Recent work in Television include roles on See (AppleTV), Sex/Life, Dare Me (Netflix), What We Do In The Shadows (FX), Killjoys (Space) and Odd Squad (PBS). On Film, I have just had the pleasure to play alongside comedy veteran Linda Kash, in "Corners" (Dir. James Brylowski).
As well, I perform once a month in "Belleville-Ville"; a long-form Improvised serial comedy, at Toronto's infamous Social Capital Theatre. In 2016 Belleville-Ville was nominated "Toronto's Best Improv Troupe" in NOW Magazine's 'Reader's Choice Awards'.
I have been working with Michael Giel for seven years. He is an integral cast member of my long running monthly show "Belleville-Ville". Right from his first audition, I knew he was going to be a perfect fit. He came prepared wirh a fully formed character, back story and wonderfully ridiculous costume.
Our show is a comedic improvised soap opera, set in the past in small town Ontario. Michael takes direction wonderfully and has established a core of fans who cheer when he walks onto the stage. He is a delight to work with, dedicated beyond any requirement and is a consistent comedic highlight among the cast. I highly recommend working with him.
As Music Director, I have had the pleasure of working with Michael on several stage productions over the past couple of years. I can’t tell you how many times I laughed out loud or was overcome with tears watching him on stage! Come back to Oshawa so we can work together again, Mike!
Virgo Music Canada
Michael Giel as Jake. This guy is expressive as hell and has a FANTASTIC singing voice. From his first appearance in the play, where he comes off as a mysterious yet terrifying figure, I was gripped. As his large figure looms mysteriously in the darkness, a sudden emotional change in both script and character flips the audience onto his side. At first we are unsure but then we are sympathetic. All of this is pulled off with miraculous effect by Michael Giel as he tells as many stories of his life through his facial expressions alone.
Jesse Revell Reviews