sebastian michael - writer

Sebastian was born in Manchester into a Swiss family and grew up in Basel, Switzerland, where his first two plays were staged while he was still at school and university. Since moving to London at the age of 21, he has written several stage plays, among them The Power of Love, Love Hurts and Time After Time, which together now form the Love Trilogy and each of which individually reached the shortlist, long list and final ten respectively of Soho Theatre's Verity Bargate Award in separate years. His latest play, Top Story was presented as a rehearsed reading at the ICA last year as part of the Accidental Festival. Earlier plays of his were seen on the London and Edinburgh fringe and include QED, Sisters and All the World. He also wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Monstersound which made it into the final round of the Musical of the Year Competition in Copenhagen and the book for Alvaro's Balcony, which premiered last year at the Landor Theatre.

Sebastian has written and directed two short films: Twenty-Six Takes on Life Without Allen which was screened at festivals in Chicago, Los Angeles, Lisbon and Padua, and The Study of Bunkers & Mounds in a Temperate Climate (Relatively Speaking) which was in the official selection for the International Film Festival Locarno 2007. He is now working towards realisation of his first feature film, Soho, Night 9X9.

Sebastian has also written a novel, Angel, and he is the writer of the [power] book, a collaboration with Prof Ludger Hovestadt and Vera Bühlmann of ETH Zürich which postulates a new, networked model and energy culture for the Digital Age, due for publication in 2010.