MICHAEL MEDICO started directing on a dare. During a particularly low moment personally, financially and creatively, fellow BU alum (and "Grey's Anatomy” 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.
It seems Krista Vernoff is one smart cookie.
Over the next six months, Michael directed five more projects. He created and directed multiple spots for the A2IM's anti-piracy campaign entitled "Stealing Sucks," and one of his two promos for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, "Miss March Mishap," went viral receiving over a million hits. Let's just say he caught the directing bug. Big time.
While developing other projects he began to shadow some of his favorite TV directors: Mark Mylod—Shameless”; Debbie Allen, Rob Corn and Tony Phelan—"Grey's Anatomy"; John Fortenberry—"Instant Mom"; Michael McDonald—"Benched"; Erin O'Malley—"New Girl"; Norman Buckley—"The Fosters"; and Ian Toynton—"Bones."
Between shadowing, he co-created and directed the web series pilot, "Paige a Day," starring (BU Classmate) Michaela Watkins, Holland Taylor, and Jason Biggs, and conceived and directed the Father Tiger music video, "First Love," 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 (another BU alum!), who gave Michael his first directing job on television: "The Fosters." He ended up directing 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.
This past year he was honored to be welcomed back into "The Fosters" family directing the 4th episode of its spin-off "Good Trouble," premiering January 2019.
Before directing Michael spent many years in NYC and LA as an actor. TV credits include: "Grace and Frankie," "Will & Grace," "Grey's Anatomy," "Bones," "Two and a Half Men," "House," "Sex and the City," among others he can no longer remember. Film credits include: "Day Out of Days," "For a Good Time Call...," "Kiss the Bride," and "Life's Too Good." He also worked in some of the nation's top regional theatres including The Old Globe, The McCarter, Huntington Theatre Co., Seattle Rep, Arden Theatre Co, The Shakespeare Theatre, The Rubicon 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.