Michael Upward (musical director/co-writer) is a composer, pianist and musical director with a Master of Arts degree in Music Composition. He has written a Requiem Mass for chorus, soloists and orchestra and over 50 choral compositions which are currently performed throughout the U.S. In addition to Bend in the Road, Michael has written three other full-length musicals including Detention! The Musical, for young voices. He wrote two Nutrition Education musicals (Indy Jo and the Template of Health and Mission Nutrition, the Musical!) which are performed 300 times a year by Southland Opera in school districts across Southern California.
In addition tocomposing, Michael is a musical director having directed such shows as The Fantasticks, Guys & Dolls, Evita, Nunsense II, and Quilters, for which he won the Inland Empire’s Best Musical Direction. Michael has been a voter for the Los Angeles Ovation Theater Awards and is currently the Contemporary Music Director and Pianist at two Catholic Churches in Orange County. You may find out more about his music at www.michaelupward.com. He would like to dedicate Bend in the Road to his kindred spirit and daughter, Kelsey Upward.