Michael Hurst


Actor, MC, Director

New Zealand’s resident Shakespearean expert, Michael is recognised as one of this country’s best actors. An award winner many times over, including an Arts Laureate and ONZM both for services to film and television, he also directs and together with Jennifer Ward-Lealand, is part of the most powerful theatrical duo in New Zealand. A natural storyteller and avid reader of anything from ancient religion and civilisations to modern and science fiction, Michael is at home in front of the camera or microphone as debater, presenter and entertainer. A versatile all rounder.


Auckland, New Zealand

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Claudine Murray - EMA June 2018

“Michael is a really amazing speaker - wow, what fascinating real life stories. To Lead, you need energy and enthusiasm and vision and able to think of solutions to turn imaginary concepts into realities. Also, situations and challenges are what they are, so you need to stay positive and accept that you just have to work your way through the challenge.”