Juan Michael

Juan Michael Porter II is an award-winning arts & culture journalist whose coverage focuses on the intersection of Black lives, media criticism, and sexual health advocacy. He is a 2020 National Critics Institute Fellow, a 2021 Poynter Power of Diverse Voices Fellow, a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, and the first Black man to serve on the Drama Desk Awards nominating committee.

He is the staff writer of TheBody & TheBodyPro, the co-editor for Token Theatre Friends, and a contributor to Christian Science Monitor, them, Did They Like It, American Theatre Magazine, Dance Magazine, TDF Stages, New York Theatre Guide, and Into More. His words have appeared in SF Chronicle, NY Observer, Time Out NY, HuffPost, SYFY Wire, Xtra, Anti-Racism Daily, Poynter, and BroadwayWorld Dance where he was managing editor & critic-in-residence. For selected highlights, visit his Writing Portfolio.

He has taught and lectured for Dance Theatre of Harlem, USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, University of Texas at Austin’s Dance & Theatre Department, Kent State University’s School of Theatre & Dance, 92nd Street Y, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Jose Solis’ BIPOC Critics Lab (in its original workshop and at the Kennedy Center), and The Masters School. Juan Michael also coached hundreds of students across New York City’s five boroughs in running as the regional coordinator of the New York Road Runners Foundation.

As the founding artistic director of The Moving Beauty Series, production partner of Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center, and former director of dance of Webster Hall’s Quarterly Art Soirée, he produced hundreds of artists from all over the world in concert. 

Juan Michael is a life-long traveler, an avid hiker, a former model and professional dancer, and probably an otaku.