On Broadway, Michael originated the role of Will in the Tony Winning musical, American Idiot. Michael made his Broadway debut opposite Frank Langella in Roundabout Theatre Company’s A Man for All Seasons. Other recent Broadway credits include the role of Curtis in Tony Nominated production of Nicky Silver’s The Lyons. His other New York theatre credits include, Assistance at Playwrights Horizons, a role he also originated, The Agony and The Agony, Original Off Broadway production of The Lyons (Vineyard Theatre); As You Like It (The Public Theater); Big Bill (Lincoln Center Theater); Crazy Mary, Manic Flight Reaction; The Four of Us (Manhattan Theatre Club); subUrbia (Second Stage Theatre); and Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key To the Scriptures at The Public Theatre.
Michael’s regional credits include Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key To the Scriptures at the Guthrie Theatre, where he originated the role; Long Day’s Journey Into Night with the Druid Theatre Company and the Dublin Theatre Festival and Edward Albee’s Me, Myself and I at McCarter Theatre Center.
Michael’s film credits include the soon to be released, Runner, Runner for director Brad Furman, starring alongside Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. He also appeared in Crazy Love, Frances Ha, All Good Things, Watching TV with the Red Chinese , A Beautiful Mind, Bittersweet Place, Loggerheads, Light & The Sufferer, American Gun, & Dyins is Easy. He is slated to start shooting Animal Rescue, directed by Michael R Roskam- April, 2013.
Notable work in television includes a series regular role on “Do No Harm” and most recently a Guest Starring role on “The Good Wife.” Michael has also appeared in “Bunker Hill” and “Law & Order.”
Michael Esper is a recipient of the Clarence Derwent Award from Actors’ Equity. He also received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Long Day’s Journey Into Night from the Irish Times.