Michael Santoro is a musician, stage director, producer, and educator of international music. For over a decade, he has dedicated himself to introducing ethnic music and social consciousness through innovative staged presentations. In 1995, Michael founded and is currently Executive Director of Door Dog Music Productions, a Bay Area non-profit organization, which introduces various world musical traditions. In 2000, he co-founded the San Francisco World Music Festival, bringing master musicians to San Francisco from various parts of the Middle East, Asia, & the Bay Area. For the past several years, as Artistic Director, Michael has also commissioned, researched, staged and produced several world premieres.