Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Michael Cavazos is a theatre maker and visual artist. He received his BFA in Theatre from Emerson College and his MA in Media Studies from The New School. Michael is the author of the play Gritos y Chismesitos and co-author of Chic and Sassy and Chic and Sassy: The Higher the Hair, the Closer to God. He is a founding member of the all-drag sketch comedy troupe Gender Offenders, performing under the name of Chic Ana. Their work is featured in the documentary, History in the Making: A Grassroots Fight for Marriage Equality and in the book, The People's Victory (2017). He performed on many New York stages, including The Duplex Cabaret, Nuyorican Poets Café, D-Lounge at the Daryl Roth Theatre, Beechman Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, La Mama, The Culture Project, and PS 122.


In Portland, he recently assistant directed Sweat by Lynn Nottage at Profile Theatre. He directed and performed in Joaquin Lopez’ theatrical concert, Universo, and directed the show Voz Alta: Generaciones. At Milagro Theatre, he performed in their production of The Mermaid Hour and stage managed A Xmas Cuento Remix and The Corrido of the San Patricios. He has also stage-managed shows including Imago’s productions of La Belle, Savage/Love, and Medea; Crave Theatre’s productions of Crossing and Red; PSU Opera’s The Breasts of Tiresias; Hand2Mouth Theatre’s Dream|Logic and Object Karaoke; and ART’s Resident Artist Project’s production of The Fantasticks.


Michael is currently co-directing the new musical Bad World with Crave Theatre.  A company member at Hand2Mouth, he is on the devising team for a new work called This Town and also part of two cross-cultural theatre collaborations with companies in Egypt and France. 


Michael’s art was recently selected as part of RACC’s new public art collection: Capturing the Moment. He is one of five Oregon performing artists to receive the 2021 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship for artists of outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and commitment to the creation of new work.


Michael currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with his husband, Rad, and two furry babies, Mamonster and Mitzi.



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Current Theatre Affiliations

Hand2Mouth Theatre - Company Member

Accountability Collective - Founding Member

Imago Theatre - Social Media Manager

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