Michael F. Toomey is a neurodivergent performer and Theater creator. He is the Artistic Director of The Humanist Project based in Brooklyn, Founding Member of Split Knuckle Theatre, which devises new works and has toured from Bangkok to Buenos Aires. Toomey has been a company member at Shakespeare & Company for more than 20 years, where he has performed many roles including Serg (ART), Puck (Midsummer), Poet (An Iliad), Bassinet (Ladies Man), Scapan (title role), Walter (Split Knuckle’s Endurance). His various roles in New York, N.Y. include Francis (Francis Goes To War), Francis (Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle). His childhood passion for The Muppets and Looney Tunes has served as the basis of his adult obsession with Clowning and comic structure. He teaches Clowning in New York City and has studied with Clown Masters Philippe Gaulier and Giovanni Fusetti. Toomey graduated from LISPA and holds an MFA in Lecoq-based Theatre. He teaches workshops for professional actors in Fight, Clown, and Shakespeare around the country and abroad.