Thirty-eight MICHAEL SHANNON ballets, plays, films and opera have premiered in the United States and Europe since 1995. COURSE, his 5th film short as director, has been selected for screening in the 7th Annual Queens International Film Festival World Premiere in the New York City Sinatra Art Center from November 12-15, 2009.
SHANNON is Configuration Dance Theatre Resident Choreographer, the Artvoice Best Dance Company in 2008 and 2009, described as a "living art gallery" by Dance Magazine. SHANNON was a YAGP Outstanding Choregrapher Honoree in 2008, and was invited to be co-Founder and the Director of Greenwich Ballet Academy in 2006.
Talent opened doors for SHANNON to television, scholarships, legendary schools and companies with children's roles for England's Royal Ballet of Covent Garden (9), Los Angeles Ballet for John Clifford (10), George Balanchine's School of American Ballet (12), Diff'rent Strokes Internationally Syndicated Television Show (12), Boston Ballet (13), American Ballet Theatre (13), National Ballet School of Canada (14), and more.
SHANNON, a member of the Royal Swedish Opera Ballet (16), became the first American scholarship awardee to the Moscow Choreographic Institute Bolshoi Bllet Academy, Hungarian State Ballet Institute, and the first American graduate (1989), first American star of the Bolshoi Ballet, Stars of the Bolshoi, Hungarian State Opera Ballet, awarded Silver Medals in Paris & Budapest International Ballet Competitions, American star of the Vienna State Opera Ballet, England's Birmingham Royal Ballet, and awarded Professor of Choreography, Ukrainian State Academy of Ballet (1999).
Representating the United States abroad, SHANNON received commendations from President George H. W. Bush, President William J. Clinton, and was invited to perform
for President Gerald R. Ford in Vail, and President Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow. His career outside ballet began with "Monday After the Miracle," televised at the Moscow Art Theatre, and awarded Best Play of 1995. He was appointed Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer by the Russian Nobility League to revive the Imperial Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Moscow (1995-97), and he was co-Artistic Director, Regisseur and Choreographer for Russiches Kammertheater Berlin (1997-99). He retired from dancing to choreograph and produce ballets, plays and films full-time in 2002, with his last two starring roles, Lancelot in David Bintely's "Arthur," and Prince Siegfried in Sir Peter Wright's "Swan Lake," for England's Birmingham Royal Ballet.