Ian Michael is a proud Noongar man from Western Australia and a graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. As an actor, Ian’s theatre and creative development credits include HART (She Said Theatre); Wilma, Flashblacks, Northwest of Nowhere, Black Writers Lab (Ilbijerri Theatre Company); Blak Cabaret (Malthouse Theatre); The Kid (Melbourne Theatre Company/Melbourne Ring Cycle); Laika and Wills (She Said Theatre); The New Black (The Arts Centre-Carnegie 18 series) and Jandamarra (Bunuba Films). Film and TV credits include Offspring,Where are the Warriors (Wirrim Films) and Needle (Nexus 6 Films).
Ian was the Assistant Director of Casting Doubts at WAAPA. While at WAAPA, Ian played the lead roles in Blackrock, Gunjies and In Our Town, as well the short film Project Petey DNA – which had success at the Toronto imagineNATIVE Festival, St Kilda Film Festival, Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival and premiered at the Dungog Film Festival.
In 2013, Ian was awarded the Most Outstanding Indigenous Artist for his role as William in Laika and Wills at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
In 2015, HART won two awards at to tour New Zealand and Adelaide Fringe Festivals and Best Emerging Artist for Ian at Melbourne Fringe. In 2016, Ian was awarded Best Emerging Artist at Adelaide Fringe and HART was nominated for Best Independent Production at the Green Room Awards.