MHS Instructors Michael Bergen
Michael Bergen first came to Michael Howard Studios in 2009 as part of Duke University's New York Arts & Media Program. During the program, Michael worked at CBS New York and studied with Michael Howard Studios owner Gabrielle Berberich who offered him a job upon his college graduation. In the past decade, Michael has become fully immersed in the work of Michael Howard Studios on the creative, corporate, and production sides. He has contributed behind-the-scenes to short films produced at the studio, including Sac de Merde (directed by Greg Chwerchak) and Naked Ambition, as well as facilitated production of content for MHS' corporate partners. He has also co-written/produced commercials for the social media platform Fortify.Space. Since 2015, Michael has co-written eleven original industry showcases for the Michael Howard Studios One-Year Conservatories alongside Gabrielle Berberich and Greg Chwerchak. These shows have exposed actors to dozens of agents, managers, casting directors, and industry professionals; as a result of the showcases, actors have booked roles on TV shows such as The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Bull, Emergence, New Amsterdam, and Sleepy Hollow and more, as well as national commercials for brands such as Macy's, Reese's, and Sargento, among numerous others.

Outside of Michael Howard Studios, Michael has been a senior writer for the major digital production studio Theorist Media since 2016. Michael has written over 100 episodes for Theorist Media's largest channels-Game TheoryFilm Theory, and Food Theory-which have amassed over 750 million combined views and reached #1 on Youtube's Trending List multiple times. For Film Theory, Michael has written collaboration episodes for film studios such as Dreamworks and EuropaCorp. With Michael as a writer, Game Theory won the Streamy Award for Gaming Show of the Year in 2016 and 2019 and was nominated for Show of the Year in 2016. Michael was tapped as the head writer and researcher for the comedy debate show Battle Brackets, and his comedy writing has also been produced live in New York at People's Improv Theater and Magnet Theater.