MICHAEL MEDICO started directing on a dare. Over his 25 years of acting in TV, film and theatre, multiple people told Michael he should be a director but he never listened until fellow BU alum (and "Grey's Anatomy" and "Station 19" showrunner) Krista Vernoff dared him to try something new by writing and directing a one-minute short for no money. As in zero. The short, entitled “Bitch.”, premiered at Outfest and was a hit on the festival circuit before being named best short film of 2009 by Frontiers LA magazine.
Over the next six months, Michael directed five more projects. He created and directed multiple spots for the A2IM's anti-piracy campaign, and two promos for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
He then co-created and directed the web series pilot, "Paige a Day," starring Michaela Watkins, Holland Taylor, and Jason Biggs, and conceived and directed the Father Tiger music video, "First Love," starring Noah Centineo and Blake Lee that received acclaim from both The Advocate and It Gets Better Campaign.
His work and drive gained the attention of TV writer/creator Peter Paige, who gave Michael his first directing job on television: "The Fosters." He directed three episodes in the last two seasons of this acclaimed, award-winning show—including the first part of the three-part Series Finale.
In the meantime, his mockumentary short "Walk It Out" premiered at the Palm Springs Int'l ShortFest and he directed the Krista Vernoff scribed short "Divorce: The Greatest Hits" starring Jay Harrington, Beau Mirchoff, and Tracie Thoms which premiered at the LA Int'l Shorts Festival.
He was thrilled to reunite with his "Fosters" family directing three episodes of the groundbreaking spin-off "Good Trouble" for Freeform. In 2019, Sony hired Michael to direct an episode of "Atypical" for Netflix, then Sony and Freeform both hired him again a month later to direct an episode of their reboot of "Party of Five." The Following year, Michael returned to "Atypical" to direct two more episodes including the honor of directing the show's Series Finale. In the meantime, he's been privileged to work with his idol/mentor Debbie Allen who hired him to direct three episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" and then went on to direct back to back episodes of its spin off "Station 19."
Michael brings to directing his years of experience working as an actor in NYC and LA. He comes to set a seasoned professional with the ability to see from both sides of the camera and a canny understanding of what motivates a cast and crew. TV credits include: "Grey's Anatomy," "Grace and Frankie," "Will & Grace," "House," "Sex and the City," among many others he can no longer remember. He also worked in some of the nation's top regional theatres including The Old Globe, Huntington Theatre Co., The Shakespeare Theatre, and Off-Broadway: LaMama.
And he's done a million commercials.
Michael received a BFA in Theatre from Boston University and was the recipient of their highest alumni honor: The 2010 Distinguished Young Alumni Award. He was also the creator and executive producer of HOT IN HOLLYWOOD, a celebrity-driven benefit that raised more than half a million dollars in three years for domestic and international AIDS organizations. He lives in Los Feliz with his husband, Brian, their daughter and son, Everly Rose and Bowie, and two silly mutts, Lady and Charlie.