Juan Michael

Juan Michael Porter II is an 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 an award-winning playwright.

He is the staff writer of TheBody & TheBodyPro—the world’s largest publications devoted to covering HIV & AIDS—and the dance editor for Token Theatre Friends, Jose Solís’ industry transforming theatre publication. His has contributed to Christian Science Monitor, Xtra, Anti-Racism Daily, Observer, TDF Stages, American Theatre Magazine, Dance Magazine, Time Out New York, SYFY Wire, SNews, AMC Outdoors, Toggl, Online SOS, Colorlines, Electric Literature, Social Soundtrack, Dance Enthusiast, Association Success, Exeunt NYC, HuffPost, Cherie, Ballet Review, Movement Research, and BroadwayWorld Dance where he was managing editor & critic-in-residence. For selected highlights, visit his Writing Portfolio.

Prior to his career as a journalist, Juan Michael worked with Michael Mao Dance, NYCOpera, H.T. Chen and Dancers, Alpha Omega Dance Company, and The Martha Graham Dance Company, and collaborated as a soloist with Autre Ne Veut, William Hooker, Yasuhiko Fukuoka, and Bird Mask. 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, BIPOC Critics Lab at the Kennedy Center, The Masters School, and coached kids from all over New York City 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 has 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 probably an otaku.