Michael Wayne Turner III lives in Oakland was born in Houston stop by Brooklyn bloomed in Spring moved to San Francisco got educated down the hill graduated to Hollywood trained for a year; toured the country for two and who knew he’d be here today.
Michael the Third is an award winning writer, poet, spoken word artist, actor, dancer, emcee, and choreographer. A Scholar and a Gentleman. A innovator and educator. Michael’s genius approach to his artistry is both captivating, and explosive. Michael walked his talents to the world at the brave age of 8 on stage with Destiny’s Child. Studying Michael Jackson on tv in the living room at age 5. Michael moon walked on the screen with Planet Funk on Good Morning America at the age of 13. Since then it has been evident the renaissance the man embodies. Such have acknowledged: Russell Simmons, Youth Speaks, Stan Lathan and HBO’s Brave New Voices, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, the National Performing Network, Mapp International, and the International Performing Arts Conference.Drafted into the professional circuit performing arts right out of high school. Since, Michael Wayne Turner III has performed and lead workshops in his dedicated field in over 50 cities and hundreds of schools throughout the United States. Theaters such as the Majestic Theater, The Manship Theater in the Shaw Center, The Public Theater, San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, Herbst Theater, Greek Theater, The Public Theater NY and The Chicago Theater to name a few. Constantly involved with what’s relevant in performance, Michael is currently touring Marc Bamuthi Joseph's reincarnation of “WORD BECOMES FLESH” (a five man sixty minute hip-hop theatrical), in which he is used to write, speak, dance, and act in what the "Washington Post" notes as a "theoretical theatrical smackdown"; as being featured in New York’s “Time Out” magazine.
As an educator and facilitator of the art-education, Michael has developed a framework for engaging young people with his art through an educational lens, enabling the personal narrative to have a voice.Providing this service in high school all through our the bay area, to colleges such as UCLA,USC, Stanford University, University of San Francisco, LSU, LAVC, UCB, Murray State, TSU, WKU, University of Kansas, EKU, MTSU, The University of Iowa, Millersville University and Columbia College of Chicago.
Michael lives to provide this service to the world. A true pioneer of his craft.