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Riverside actor loves telling stories

By in Press Enterprise on November 2, 2017

By Patrick Brien Michael Ring, seen here portraying Brutus in “Julius Caesar,” is set to appear in “Asleep in the Arms of God” Nov. 3 through 5, 2017 in Riverside. (Photo courtesy of Michael Ring)

After seeing a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” when he was in the eighth grade, Michael Ring decided that theatre was something he wanted to do.

“When I entered high school the next semester, I immediately signed up for drama class,” says the 28 year old.

Born and raised in Ventura County’s Ojai, Ring took theatre classes throughout high school, and participated in conferences and competitions.

“I have great memories of things like the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California festivals, Ojai Shakespeare Festival, Ojai Performing Arts Theatre Academy and Ojai Playwrights Conference,” says Ring, who has lived in Riverside for the past ten years. “I had some amazing mentors and consider myself lucky to have been raised in a city where creativity is encouraged and the arts are valued.”

Ring received his BA in Theatre from Cal Baptist University in 2012. Since then he has gone on to perform in multiple productions for Shakespeare by the Sea, which offers free performances in parks throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. Most recently, he portrayed Brutus in “Julius Caesar” for Riverside’s Courtyard Shakespeare Festival in June of this year.

In addition to acting, Ring is a theatre technician, doing lights, sound and construction. He works as part of the technical staff for the Box in downtown Riverside. He is also a director, having just mounted a staged reading of “Seascape with Sharks and Dancer” for New Threads Theatre Company.

Actor Michael Ring (Courtesy of Michael Ring)Actor Michael Ring (Courtesy of Michael Ring)

“I love theatre, so I am always looking for ways to be a part of the story telling process,” he says. […]    

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