Actor, Writer, Director, Producer
Michael was very professional to work with. Despite being a few states away he arrived on-time and prepared to shoot.
Response from Michael Kelberg:
Great working with John! Wonderful communication, very professional and terrific direction. Looking forward to our next project together.
Price Range: TBD
Gig Length: 30 - 720 minutes
What to Expect
Professionalism. On-time, great to work with. Easy going.
Born and raised in Philadelphia (Go Phils!), Kelberg's career as a baseball player was quickly derailed after he became an All-Star LEFT-HANDED catcher. How many MLB left-handed catchers can you name? He still has his Mizuno catchers mitt and lists hitting a grandslam at the Somerton fields as one of the great pillars of his childhood (there's more to the story). Growing up in Northeast Philly and enjoying such cultural icons as Jack's Deli, The Orlean's Movie Theatre and the Leo Mall, Kelberg still enjoys debating, which pizza shop had the better slice in the 80's (Aldo's or Angelo's), both of which still stand. Michael enjoyed his time with the woodwind family playing clarinet, saxophone, bassoon and embarrassingly the oboe for a short period.
With a B.A. in Journalism from Temple University (Go Owls, Go Tempo!) Kelberg headed to NYC in 1996 and studied at HB Studio, The Simon Studio, amongst others. and embarked on quite a successful Off-Off Broadway career with roles in The National Tour of the "Outsiders," Uncle Jeb's Farm and Miss Majesty's Playhouse often over-scarring the kids as Kay in Santa and The Snow Queen. He also revelled in transforming from Humpty Dumpty into a prince in Humpty Dumpty Falls in Love. His first television appearance on Real Stories of the Highway Patrol saw his left wrist and beloved '88, 4x4, Chevy Blazer getting more screen time than himself. While continuing to find his way in the acting world Kelberg held jobs such as guy Friday, Hebrew school teacher, youth group advisor, camp counselor, program assistant and even ran a single's group. Having never waited tables, (though a buss-boy for two-weeks as a teen,) Kelberg is unable to comment on the starving-actor-waiter-persona, though he can empathize having budgeted $2.25 for a bagel and a slice of Koronet's Pizza (BW @ 110th St.) for meals in the '90s.
After bringing Lacey the dog into the family with then girlfriend, now wife Becky and not getting their lease renewed (because of Lacey) at the legendary railroad apartment at 109th & Amsterdam (before triple digits were popular) they moved around the corner to 110th Street to almost triple the rent, but boy did we get closets and a 1/2 block closer to the subway!
With future child rearing in sight, Michael and Becky relocated to South Jersey (I don't care what you say, the rolls just don't cut it!) and began to grow their family, now with Lila, 4, Lucas 17 months. (No two children have ever had cheeks so edible) and Lacey the Bishon 10! (She'll happily eat whatever you are offering.)
Kelberg continues to commute to NYC (Wave, he's probably on the Turnpike now) and still writes and directs Congregation B'nai Jeshurun's (UWS) Holiday Purim Play going into it's 13th season! This may be his life's greatest complishment (You try remanufacturing the Purim Schpiel 12 times, oh 13!)
When not having a tickle-bed with the kids (Whatever that is...) Kelberg enjoys not breaking his left ankle for the forth time, playing basketball and softball, is an avid watcher of movies and no longer will ever do leaf blowing again. (They just blow back.) Hire someone if you can!
Additional Booking Notes
Transportation stipend is appreciated if traveling over 60 miles. Negotiable.
Past Booked Events
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