Michael Short found his interest in improv in 2000 as a founding member of his school's short form improv group, The Improv Society. He performed with the fledgling group until his graduation in 2001.
Michael first began training at the (now defunct) Cleveland branch of the Second City in 2001. In 2003, he began working with improv teacher Asaf Ronen. In 2005, Michael joined the Magnet Theater Training Program, where his teachers have included Tara Copeland, Armando Diaz, James Eason, Louis Kornfeld, Alex Marino, & Jean Villepique. Michael has also trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater with teacher Betsy Stover as well Brooklyn’s Annoyance Theatre.
During his years in NYC, Michael produced or was a part of many indie projects, including The Incredible Comic Book, the improvised puppet show Sock, Sunny-Side Up, and even a short-lived indie team Conflikt of Interest. He is particularly proud of his work with three-man group Rap Crimes Division, his musical group Orphan Alley, and his solo show Legion. Michael has been a member of past Magnet Megawatt teams, including Yum Yum Bangkok, King Canute, and the Kicks and Annoyance house team Manowar.
In 2014-2015, Michael worked for Second City performing sketch revues and short form games aboard the Norwegian Cruise Lines. In 2017, Michael moved to the Hudson Valley area, where he founded the improv company Blind Tiger Improv.