Michael McKelvey

Director, music director, performer, producer & Teacher

Stage Directing & Producing BERNSTEIN AT 100! for Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane - June 2 & 3

Stage Directing ANYONE CAN WHISTLE at NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) - Opens April 2018​

Stage ​​​​Directing THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Jefferson Performing Arts Center - Opens February 23rd.

Upcoming & Recent Projects


THE LAST FIVE YEARS @ Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

"The back-and-forth is deftly directed by Michael E. McKelvey...the show exhibits a fine attention to detail, finding significance in the smallest of gestures, from half-smiles and loving gazes to rolling eyes or a dismissive wave."  Brad Rhines, New Orleans Advocate

"With little action, the performers are boldly exposed onstage. Each move and gesture must be carefully thought out, for any false notes would shatter the mood. Director Michael McKelvey recognizes this and guides Owens and Watkins through the shifting perspectives with delicacy and nuance. McKelvey and his cast also smoothly navigate the tone of the piece, transitioning from moments of disappointment and anger to simple silly bits of humor to a deeply heartfelt longing."  Ted Mahne, New Orleans Times-Picayune

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET @ Rivertown Theatres for the Performing Arts

"Moving the show at a breakneck pace, Michael McKelvey directs with a smooth hand, almost unseen as the actor-musicians maintain a genuine sense of spontaneity. The sheer joy of performing, even just for one another in the studio, comes through, along with the competitive drive that would propel each to stardom."  New Orleans Times-Picayune

"Michael McKelvey strikes absolute gold with a cast that is almost as perfect were the real-life characters to magically been summoned back from the past...His fresh take on this recent Broadway hit is every bit as good, if not slightly better than the national tour that swung through New Orleans a few years back."  Alan Smason, WYES-TV