Michael has a passion for writing truth in the form of art. He first delved into the realm of theatrical writing in 2006 with The Seven: A New Musical which performed throughout Southern Louisiana. He graduated from Louisiana State University with his Bachelor of Sciences in Biology, where he coincidentally ran into Curran Latas to write One Thousand Words. While continuing his education, and achieving his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee, Michael worked with Curran to develop the musical through several productions and festivals. He is now a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, where he met and has worked with Shawn Semana, and continues to develop One Thousand Words so that audiences may see a story of people who oftentimes get overlooked or marginalized in a world where everyone is fighting for the same thing...to live out there dream!
What's your dream role?
"Definitely Evan Hansen. In a heart beat." -Mike
Book & Lyrics
What's your all time favorite musical?
"Is Frozen considered a musical?" - Curran
Curran Latas received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at Louisiana State University, where he has performed, directed, and music directed with Theatre Baton Rouge, Playmakers of Baton Rouge, and Swine Palace. Several of his instrumental compositions have been featured at the LSU Outworks Play Festival. Currently he resides in Orlando, FL where he works in guest relations at Walt Disney World.
What was your most awkward on stage moment?
"Definitely was dancing on stage in a loin cloth in front of my friends and family" - Shawn
Shawn is a filmmaker from Seattle, WA who specializes in story telling and artistic production. He graduated from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television, where he concentrated in Writing and Direction. Some of his own work includes: After Ours ( a musical performed at Royce Hall in Los Angeles) and Got It Maid (a film showcased at The Boston International Asian American Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival). After graduation, Shawn decided to chase his other dream to become a Naval Aviator, where he met LT Michael Braud during flight training in Florida. After reading Michael's script for the first time, Shawn found inspiration in such an amazing story, and agreed to come aboard as the Creative Producer to revamp the show for another production.