When Michael was 7 years old, while his brothers were building tree houses, he started building a stage on top of the hen house in the back of his parents’ garden. There he started telling stories to the children in the neighbourhood.

In 2000 Michael graduated as ‘Actor’ at The Actor’s Studio The Hague. From that moment on he started working closely with Caja van der Poel. Together they founded¬†MichaelandCaja. In 2011 he studied for ‘Crafted Storyteller’ at The International School of Storytelling (UK)¬†focussing on biographical and real life storytelling (2011).
In 2013 he graduated as ‘Master Storyteller’ at The International School of Storytelling (Capetown, SA) and in that same year he founded the¬†Dutch International Storytelling Centre (DISC).

Now the world is his neighbourhood…