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Michal is a great actress who is always getting better because she’s wired to work, improve and fight for a role she believes in. But as solid of an actress as she is, she’s far more solid as a person.
- Scott Norton – writer / director / producer, “Yellow Horse Productions”
A professional actress since the ripe age of seven, Michal Sinnott has appeared in dozens of stage plays and over fifty principal / starring roles for radio, television, and film. Born Michal Shalom Leamer, to gypsy Christian Hippies, she is a coastal Virginia girl who hails from a long and diverse line of risk-takers, keepers of the faith, artists, and sailors. Most recently, she is known for playing Tracey De Santa, one of seven main characters in the worldwide phenomena Grand Theft Auto V.
Her starring role in the LA Premier of Tommy Smith’s fiercely funny and darkly sexual White Hot at the Hollywood Fringe Fest earned her a Best Actress Award and her theatre company, The Vagrancy, a Best in Ensemble Award (out of 200+ shows in the Fest) with knock-out reviews in LA Weekly and The Examiner. Film work includes roles in Spike Lee’s Inside Man and Quid Pro Quo with Vera Farmiga (Sundance Premier). Favorite stage roles include Leah in the DC Premier of Tony Kushner’s A Dybbuk and a solo performance piece for Xavier Cha: Body Drama for The Whitney Museum of American Art.
A sometimes screenwriter, active producer, and monthly blogger (Presence in the Pursuit (Or the Art of Letting Go): One Anxiety Ridden Actress’s Guide to Living the Dream), she is developing her Sundance Screenwriting Lab Finalist feature, Born That Way, for the screen, and Associate Producing on a $20M upcoming Rick James Biopic. A former flight attendant for a military charter, she has traveled extensively, having visited over 25 countries on six continents. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and the sleepy sea-side town of St. George, Staten Island, where her very silly and very serious husband Joseph and she have a rambling old Victorian fixer- upper. They have two ocean swimming dogs, Wylie (or Beauty), a feist, and Jasper (or Little Butt), a puggle, that help keep life fun and fancy free.
The eldest of three children to Brad, a carpenter, and Griselda, an actress and stay at home mom, her parents divorced when she was six. She and her two younger brothers grew up in Hampton Roads, VA where they were raised by their mother, who originally pursued acting before moving into casting and teaching acting for kids. When her mother was asked to bring her along for a commercial she was auditioning for, they both landed the job. This led to other local roles in commercials, radio, and theatre, before Michal booked a small role in a movie of the week, Ironclads, starring Virginia Madsen and directed by Oscar winner, Delbert Mann. Occasional film and television roles followed whenever a SAG production came to Virginia.
Michal graduated from The Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) Drama Department, a 5 city wide Performing Art’s High School based in Norfolk, VA. Having long lived hand to mouth and watching her mom struggle in the business, Michal loved acting but vowed to have a “real job” when she grew up. She had a change of heart, however, when a play she wrote at GSA won Theater Virginia’s Young Playwright’s Festival and she attended a 3 week program in Richmond, Virginia where her play, The Waterbabies, was subsequently mounted and had a staged reading with Equity Actors at an 800 seat LORT theater.
Michal attended The University of Virginia for a year before transferring to Catholic University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Drama. Following her brief stint traveling as a flight attendant, and upon meeting her husband, the two decided to move to NYC where Michal went back to school at GATE, a 40 hour a week, nine month classically based conservatory with a 6 to 8 teacher to student ratio. The director of the program, Gregory Abels, a former Broadway leading man turned director, was a protégé of Stella Adler. His rigorous program combined stage combat, mask, yoga, Tai-Chi, Alexander Technique, and voice for the actor with the scene work of Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen, and Moliere. The program culminated in a showcase in which a NYC agent took notice of Michal’s talents and promptly signed her.
Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make THEIR eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland