Michael Witta directed two feature films and many acclaimed stage and
television productions before coming to Canada in 1975 as a refugee from
St. Petersburg, Russia. Directing credits in Canada include his stage productions
of Chekhov's "THE BEAR", "THE PROPOSAL", and "WARD
SIX", Shaw's "HOW HE LIED TO HER HUSBAND" and O'Casey's "THE
END OF THE BEGINNING" that he later adapted and directed for television
. Michael has written four feature film screenplays, "BEFORE SUNSET",
"DON QUIXOTE", "THE NAKED EMPEROR",
and "BOGUS" (the latter two have been optioned).
Since 1991, Michael has written and directed all of Triune's 'edu-tainment'
productions which are distributed worldwide and highly praised for their
dramatic and comic value. Hundreds of actors, writers, directors and filmmakers
have participated internationally in master level workshops conducted by
Michael (including the Equity Showcase Professional Development Program
in Toronto). He has also taught at York University's Theatre and Film Departments,
in particular, a highly acclaimed acting and directing course for filmmakers.
Michael acts as Creative Producer/ Director on film and tape productions
for Triune, including the award-winning "A LAUGHING MATTER", a
1/2 hour family comedy for broadcast, now in distribution.
"I have known Mr. Witta for many years. He is a talented,
hard-working and extremely committed theatre and film director. His training
was in the Soviet Union and anyone who is familiar with theatre and film
training in that country knows very well that the standards are extraordinarily
high and the competition enormous. Anyone trained within their arts system
is recognized world-wide as an artist with the tools to move effectively
and skillfully. Mr. Witta showed me that when I hired him to teach courses
in the Theatre and Film Departments at York University. He excited his students
and produced work of very high calibre."
Don Rubin, Executive Editor, World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre
and Chairman, Theatre Department, York University
"Michael is a very dedicated and well organized director.
We were very impressed with his workmanship and many of our staff were pleased
to work with him."
Kevin M. Shea, CanWest - Global TV
FILM / TELEVISION WRITING & DIRECTING
"A Laughing Matter" 16mm half hour drama/comedy
(Selected for screening at film festivals in Melbourne, Cairo, Boston, Chicago
and Dallas where it was invited an unprecedented two times. Winner of the
Silver Apple Award at the National Educational Film and Video Festival,
"...an offbeat and hilarious fairy tale about an unhappy middle class
"princess" and how she is made to laugh. An exceptionally endearing
performance from Nelson, her prince ... add to the fresh simplicity of this
unique and engaging allegory on the importance of maintaining one's own
Ann Turner, Melbourne International Film Festival
"...there is a freshness about this film that is very appealing...
the actor who plays Nelson does a wonderful job. Good characters... nice
use of music...a top contender"
Golden Gate Jury Evaluation, San Francisco International Film Festival
"Key to Freedom" 35mm Theatrical PSA
(Produced for for Amnesty International, screened theatrically and broadcast
" Triune did in thirty seconds what we have been trying to do in two
minute spots for years, They've said what Amnesty International is all about
Peter Larson, Amnesty International U.S.A
You're Hired" Series
" Congratulations ... I thought the quality was great. The situations
were very real and the acting top notch. Hard to find anymore.
Mike Collins, Film Ideas, Illinois
"I am very impressed with the high quality of production. This video
is informative, educational and entertaining "
Henrietta Christmas, Job Opportunities for Youth, Toronto
"Resolving Conflict Creatively" Series
(Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film & Video Festival. Distributed
"... A very effective production device invites the viewer to invest
personal feelings with the role play scenarios. The conflict reenactments
are believable and instructive. The closing scene regarding a tense family
mediation is worth the price of admission."
National Institute of Dispute Resolution (NIDR), Washington, DC
"Thought-provoking. Presented in a highly original way which holds
(the) viewer's attention. "Healing Circles" was touching and brings
up (the) important question of healing rather than just punishment."
Rebecca Iverson, Community Boards, San Francisco
The memory of the "Healing Circle" video still invokes a strong
Troy Bolton, Community Development, Operation Springboard, Scarborough
" The video sketches were all excellent, very true to life."
Zena Zumeta, Ann Arbor Mediation Center, Michigan
" You have covered a lot of territory in a thorough and entertaining
Elizabeth White, Executive Director, St. Leonard's Society
" I felt that the scenarios were good and well acted out. "
Tim Hicks, Resolve Mediation Service, California
"...the dramas are realistic and entertaining. "
Gary Sova , Special Education Dept., Winnipeg School Division No 1.
"The Bear" & "The Proposal" (by A. Chekhov) Tarragon
"...Minor Chekhov but both are winners. The ensemble works remarkably
well together ... They fit smoothly into the broad spirit of farce that
director Michael Witta brings to the plays..."
William MacVicar, Globe and Mail
"I saw Michael Witta's production... I was extremely taken with his
interpretation of these plays, especially with the way he allowed them to
be at once farcical and poignant. He caught for me what I felt to be the
essence of Chekhov's art, and in that respect, his work was an eye-opener.."
Bill Glassco, Artistic Director, Tarragon Theatre
"Ward Six" (by A. Chekhov) Bathurst Street Theatre
"Harrowing tale's intimacy saved. It effectively conveys the basic,
essential spirit of Chekhov's story.."
David McCaughna, Toronto Star
"Chekhov's brilliant story is effectively turned into drama"
Richard Lawrence, The Varsity
"The Three Lives of Adam" (by A. Aizenstadt) Crest Theatre
"The Three Lives of Adam... was another eye opener...the concept of
this play is striking ... the acting for the most part is very good"
Brian Master, CHUM FM, Toronto
"Motley Tales" (Adapted from A. Chekhov's short stories) Onstage
'81: The Toronto Theatre Festival
"The Wedding" (by A. Chekhov) in Russian, Multicultural Theatre
As an Acting / Directing Instructor:
Equity Showcase Theatre
International Stanislavsky-Meyerhold Symposium (New York, NY)
Acting and Directing for Filmmakers (York University, Toronto)
University of Toronto
Black Experimental Theatre
Plus many film, theatre and television credits in Russia prior to 1973.
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