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Michael O'Rourke co-founded Actors’ Theatre in Southern Oregon in 1982, producing 100 productions in 13 years, and served as executive director for the capital campaign to purchase and remodel the company’s vaudeville home into a 100-seat black box.
Michael’s collaboration with Lakota actor Robert Greygrass resulted in the one-man show “Walking on Turtle Island” that toured internationally for 16 years.
As managing artistic director of Anchorage Community Theatre he co-produced collaborations with the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which resulted in a Native American Music Award for Best Music Video (2005).
Recipient of grants for development of heritage scripts celebrating the Klamath Siskiyou Bioregion, he wrote “In the Land Where Acorns Dance,” a screenplay based on Quaker and poet Joaquin Miller’s life among the Shasta Indians during the California Gold Rush. The script received the 2015 Grand Prize from the Yosemite International Film Festival. His adaptations of stories in Native American activist Winona LaDuke’s novel “Last Standing Woman” have won awards at Bucharest Short Cut CineFest, Nashville Film Festival; and placed as a BlueCat semifinalist.
His mini-series adaptation of “A Tale of Two Cities” was selected as the Best Original Concept and Best Global Script of 2017 at Oaxaca FilmFest; and this year (2018) was selected as a finalist with Jaipur International Screenplay Competition (all episodes) and Twister Alley Film Festival (Episode 1).
O’Rourke’s credits include script consulting on the independent feature “All for Liberty,” earning a “Top 10 Revolutionary War Movie” in the Journal of the American Revolution.
Teleplay Finalist
A Tale of Two Cities Episode 1
Twister Alley Screenplay Contest
Woodward OK
2018
Feature Script Finalist
A Tale of Two Cities
JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Jaipur, India
2018
Official Selection
The Rapier and the Glove
Lake Charles Film Festival
Lake Charles, LA
2018
Official Selection
The Rapier and the Glove
Tinseltown Productions
Shepshed, Leics, United Kingdom
2017
Best Global Script and Best Original Concept
A Tale of Two Cities
Oaxaca FilmFest Global Script Challenge 8
Oaxaca Mexico
2017
Official Selection Global Script Challenge
In the Land Where Acorns Dance
Oaxaca FilmFest 6
Oaxaca Mexico
2015
Screenplay Competition Grand Prize
In the Land Where Acorns Dance
Yosemite International Film Festival
Online
2015
Official Selection
Last Standing Woman
Oaxaca FilmFest Global Script Challenge
Oaxaca Mexico
2015
Short Screenplay Winner
Last Standing Woman
Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Nashville, TN
2015
Finalist Family Category
Ani and the Goblin
Screenplay Festival
Sherman Oaks CA
2014
Feature Screenplay Finalist
In the Land Where Acorns Dance
Oregon Film Awards
Portland, OR
2014
Short Screenplay Finalist
Last Standing Woman
Starz Denver Screenplay Competition
Denver, CO
2014
Feature Script Finalist
Ani and the Goblin
International Family Film Festival
Hollywood CA
2013
Quarterfinalist Diversity Category
Ani and the Goblin
Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
LA
2013
College
University of Wyoming
Theatre + TV and Radio Broadcasting
College
Palm Beach Film School
Digital Production
Current City
Madison WI
Hometown
Ashland OR
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