MICHAEL JOSEPH McQUILKEN
McQuilken originally hails from Portland, Oregon, where he was raised in a working-class home by a health worker mother who was terrified that his artistic tendencies would leave him perpetually broke. These fears were not allayed when 20-something Michael became a professional street performer for three years, making music with garbage. Fortunately, he finagled a scholarship-fueled higher education, and now he is a (working) director, writer, filmmaker, and composer in New Haven. He holds degrees in directing and sound engineering, and has an amazing wife, Adina, and a beautiful 2-yr-old daughter, Zelda, who both tolerate his restless creative tendencies that have taken over the majority of the space in their home. Recent collaborators include Drake, Migos, Cardi B, The Flaming Lips, Du Yun, Daniil Trifonov, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, and many others. Michael also serves as the current Artistic Director for Titus Kaphar's film production company, REVOLUTION READY.