Juan Michael

Juan Michael Porter II is a health journalist, culture critic, and Drama Desk Awards nominator. He has written for PBS American Masters, SF Chronicle, Christian Science MonitorPlaybill, NY Observer, American TheatreTime Out NYPositively Aware, Documentary Magazine, SYFY Wire, Scholastic, and Dance Magazine

In addition to his health science coverage as a staff writer and contributing editor of TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO, Juan Michael pens theatre reviews and features for TDF Stages, Queerty, NY Theatre Guide, Did They Like It?, INTO More, and Theatrely―and is also the co-moderator of The Future of HIV Care and The Critics’ Table podcasts. He is a proud fellow of the National Critics Institute at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and Poynter’s Power of Diverse Voices workshop.

Juan Michael is currently available for assignments. For selected highlights, visit his Writing Portfolio.

He has taught and lectured for Dance Theatre of Harlem, USC Annenberg, University of Texas at Austin, Kent State University, 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. 

Prior to his career as a journalist, Juan Michael was a professional dancer; youth running coach and regional coordinator for the New York Road Runners Foundation; and dance concert presenter with extensive production credits at Webster Hall.

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