Juan Michael

Juan Michael Porter II is an award-winning health & culture journalist whose coverage focuses on the intersection of Black lives, media criticism, and HIV prevention. He is a fellow of the 2020 National Critics Institute, 2021 Poynter Power of Diverse Voices, and 2021 Write It Out, a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, and the first Black man to serve as a Drama Desk Awards nominator.

Juan Michael is the staff writer of TheBody.com. He has bylines in PBS American Masters, SF Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, Playbill, NY Observer, Time Out NY, Documentary Magazine, SYFY Wire, and Dance Magazine and is a regular contributor to TDF Stages, American Theatre, NY Theatre Guide, Did They Like It?, and Theatrely. 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 professional dancer, and probably an otaku.