Michael Kostroff

Michael Kostroff is an accomplished professional actor, best known for his five seasons on HBO’s highly acclaimed hit, The Wire. His most recent TV appearances have included roles on Louie, The Good Wife, Blacklist, Elementary, Deadbeat, Law & Order: SVU, and HBO’s upcoming miniseries, Show Me a Hero. On stage, he’s appeared in national tours of The Producers and Les Miserables, as well as in productions at some of the country’s most highly respected regional theatres.

As a writer, Michael has written everything from magazine articles to theatre reviews to live shows for Disneyland. His first book, Letters from Backstage, is a funny, behind-the-scenes chronicle of his time on the road with two Broadway tours in which he shares the fun, joy and madness of a life lived in hotels, airports and theatres, and  the uniqueness of each stop along the way.

Michael is the husband of Moscow’s own Jenny Kostroff, who runs the 1912 Center for Heart of the Arts, Inc.

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ISBN: 9781581154412
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Published: Allworth Press - November 1st, 2005

- Part backstage tour, part travelogue, part social commentary, all funny and insightful - Adventures in more than 20 US cities, large and small - Anecdotes about celebrities, including Mel Brooks, Susan Stroman, Jason Alexander, and Martin Short Ever wonder what it's like to be a real working actor?