(written from a Production point of view)
Michael Robinson as the trader
|Date of Birth||January 13, 1959 (age 60)|
Michael Robinson plays the role of the Trader in "The Cost of Living".
Born in Ottawa, Canada, Michael moved at age three to Calgary, Canada - where he made his stage debut as a Polar Bear in the kindergarten Christmas pageant. At age eight he moved to Brussels, Belgium, and then moved to Vancouver, Canada at age twelve. He attended South Delta Senior Secondary and then the University of British Columbia, becoming the first ever graduate of the new BFA Acting program in 1983. He had many notable performances at University, most memorably as 'Lucky' in 'Waiting for Godot'. After graduation Michael was one of the core group responsible for making the Vancouver Theatresports League one of the worlds leading improvisational theatre companies. He won World Theatresports Championships in Calgary, Canada in 1988 at the Winter Olympic Arts Festival and in Auckland, New Zealand in 1990 at the Commonwealth Games Arts Festival. He has also won North American, Canadian, and New Zealand championships. For several years, he performed with Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles. He moved to New Zealand in 1990 and started his own improv company, The Court Jesters, in Christchurch. This company won the World Theatresports Championship in in Los Angeles in 1995. He also was the primary instructor to The Improv Bandits, in Auckland, which won the Super Cage Match long form World Championship in Chicago in 2002. In addition he taught improv at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, in Sydney, Australia, where among his many students was Cate Blanchett.
While never neglecting improv as his first love, Michael also developed a television directing career, in Childrens, ("Oi" (1993), Comedy ("Melody Rules" (1993) and Flatmates (1998) (TV) and Factual ("The Shopping Bags" (2001)), "Tomorrow's World" (1965) and "Dream Lives" (2001).
He has won eight international awards for directing television, most recently a BAFTA Award in 2005. He has also directed many theatre productions, particularly as Artistic Director of the Queenstown Shakespeare Festival in New Zealand, and the international touring hit and 'Best New Zealand Play' award winner in 1998, "Bare". In 1998 he moved to London, England and took up a prestigious directing position at the BBC. While there he worked under the name "Michael Quy" - his equity stage name in the U.K. In 2001 he returned to Vancouver, Canada, where he continues to direct television and theatre, improvise with the Vancouver TheatreSports League, and act in film, television, and theatre.
Besides appearing in Lost, Michael has made guest appearances on many television shows, including: Stargate SG-1, Burn Notice, Reaper, and Dead Like Me. He also appeared in the feature film United 93.