From a young child, Michael Dorn Moody had always wanted to be an entertainer.
His plays have been produced nationally including The Shortchanged Review at Lincoln Center; The Fool at Image Theatre NYC, University of Kansas produced by Colleen Dewhurst, The Met Theatre in Los Angeles directed by James Gammon; and Acadia Annex Theatre Company in Maine directed by Robert Savina and Amy Waguespack. A National Endowment for the Arts playwrighting grant funded the writing of The Fool which was subsequently nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. His third play Spill had a workshop production directed by Robert Savina in Lafayette, Louisiana and a reading at Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC directed by Paul Austin.
Michael wrote a film for Francis Ford Coppola, King of White Lady; developed a film for HBO and the Vietnam Veterans Ensemble Theatre Company, Hard Time for Heroes ; wrote episodes of St. Elsewhere for NBC; and his original screenplay, Paint the Sky, was optioned for development by 20th Century Fox Film Corporation.
Survival between entertainment industry projects included such hazardous activities as serving three tours in Vietnam; bridge painting in New York City; iron-working as a steel gypsy; fishing commercially in the Bay of Fundy; as a Merchant Marine Officer transporting explosive petroleum cargoes.
Michael was a founding member of The Magnificient Liars, a theatre company based in Downeast Maine which has been described as a "rogue operation," " a maverick band of drama advocates," and a "loosely affiliated group of theater veterans."