Michael Saarela is a theatre artist, director, and arts educator from Walnut Creek, California. His career in both arts and management began in San Francisco, which led him to Chicago, which led him to New York City. He will be returning to Piper Theater for his third summer directing for their youth theatre program. He received FringeNYC’s Award for Outstanding Production in 2012. Michael holds a BA in Theatre Performance from San Francisco State University and is currently pursuing his Masters in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York.