A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER - Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

"...Musical director Michael McKelvey leads the orchestra with a deft touch" - The Advocate

"Conductor Michael E. McKelvey elicits a bold sound from the small orchestra,

richly drawing out the color of the score." -

WHITE CHRISTMAS - Jefferson Performing Arts Society

In addition to directing the show, McKelvey tackles double duties, stepping into the pit to conduct the JPAS Symphony Orchestra, subbing for an ailing Dennis Assaf, the company's artistic director.

Under McKelvey's baton, the score was bold and colorful, resulting in a blend that was

filled with romance and brio. -

No one can ever claim that Michael McKelvey is an underachiever. Following his triumph at the Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s massive production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the artistic director at Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane returns to JPAS with a fresh and lively holiday production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas that could rival the national tour seen here at the Saenger last Christmas season. -


- Penfold Theatre & DMP

"McKelvey's staging and his ensemble's movements are so fluid as to be balletic, but they also evoke a dream, with places and people changing suddenly and events flowing into one's a tribute to McKelvey and company that the shift from "treat" to "trick" retains its power to compel. You might as well be reading a story by Poe; you stay through the end despite the horror. Or because of it."

- Austin Chronicle

"Michael McKelvey created pure theatrical magic with the original production and has managed to get lightning to strike twice with this remount. Everything about this show is absolutely delightful. The end effect is like seeing a live action Tim Burton-esque film reminiscent of The Nightmare Before Christmas in both look and tone; it has that same macabre joy to it." - Broadway World

"Christenson matches incidents of Poe’s life with his major works and turns the results into spectacular production numbers, the kind Director McKelvey comprehends and embellishes to perfection."

- CTX Live Theatre

THE LARAMIE PROJECT-The Storyville Collective

McKelvey effectively manages the quick cuts, utilizing the spacious playing area to keep multiple actors on stage together, creating a sense of dynamic engagement as attention flits from character to character.

- The Advocate


Stage & Music Director - Spring Awakening - Tulane University.  

March 2019

Stage Director - Buyer & Cellar - Tulane University.  April 2019

Stage Director - Pirates of Penzance, She Loves Me, Matilda - Summer Lyric Theatre in New Orleans.  June-August 2019

Producer - Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.  Benefit reading for NO/AIDS Project.  November 30, 2018

Music Director for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder - Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre in New Orleans  (January/February)

Upcoming & Recent Projects

Michael McKelvey

Director, music director, performer, producer & Teacher


Stage Director - White Christmas -

Jefferson Performing Arts Center

​December 2018