Headshot by Sarah Littauer


Born and raised in suburban New Jersey, I grew up with three brothers in a family of jocks. But after coming to terms with my unfortunate talent for kicking the soccer ball into my teammates' faces, I found a home in musical theatre. I love tap dance, Tennessee Williams, and Gavin Creel's spinning vibrato. I love that theatre demands the work of an entire community of artists. Most of all, I love every member of the audience who remembers to silence their phone. I've spent the past three years working as a professional actor around the country and I can't wait to see what new project lies on the horizon.


"To Tell Good Stories Well." Plain and simple. I am a firm believer in the power of storytelling to enrich and change people's lives and I want to be a part of telling those stories in any way I can. Acting. Singing. Dancing. Choreographing. If there's a story worth telling, I want to be a part of it.

Current Project

Since the Bandstand tour has been forced to go on hiatus as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, I'm back home in New Jersey for the moment. As a way to stay busy while stuck indoors, my friend Taryn Urban and I are are recreating makeup looks from different Drag Race queens and posting videos of the process on my YouTube channel. If you're looking for something fun to do, head over to our Quarantine Queens playlist and watch a video!

New York, NY mhardenberg42@gmail.com Michael Hardenberg website