Michael Ketigian 


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Michael Ketigian is a writer, performance poet, and community organizer with a background in engineering and startups.

After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering on a full-tuition scholarship at Cooper Union, he managed operations for a software consulting startup — also in New York City — where he developed expertise in project management, marketing, and event coordination.

Michael’s artistic pursuits were developed in parallel: first, by performing spoken word poetry at open mic events around NYC, and then at events he co-hosted through a nonprofit collective called Stageless Arts, which he founded with three other NYC artists. [Head to the homepage to view some art!] He also had the opportunity to speak and perform at the United Nations Headquarters at two forums highlighting the importance of the arts in political dialogue.

He relocated to Colombo in 2016 to further internationalize the Stageless Arts community with his fellow founder and creative partner, and they were invited to explain their vision through a performance at TEDxColombo that August. Michael has also been a speaker, performer, and moderator at various events around Colombo, including opening an international arts and technology exhibition [Colomboscope 2016], and performing alongside The Chamber Music Society of Colombo in 2017. He additionally curates and moderates events, runs workshops promoting creative expression, and consults with Colombo- and NYC-based companies.

Michael is excited to be considered for: performance, speaking, compèring/event moderation, event coordination, workshops, marketing, and brand representation. Details and rates here.

Noteworthy Colombo Events



  • Spoken word performance with musical accompaniment, Colomboscope Closing Party, August 2017
  • Spoken performance of James Joyce alongside The Chamber Music Society of Colombo, March 2017
  • Spoken word performance, Colomboscope Opening Event, August 2016
  • TEDxColombo, August 2016



"Everything is art, and everyone is an artist."
TEDxColombo, August 2016

Have you ever paid a small Thai woman to beat you up for an hour? I highly recommend it.
New York City, September 2014

Performed at sunrise for a small portion of my camp/family at Burning Man 2014.

Viewing an enemy in a new light.
British Council, Colombo, April 2016


Resurrecting George Carlin.
New York City, August 2015

A Native American elder story shared over a traditional Native American flute.
New York City, June 2015

Promotional Videos

While working with The Hackerati, Michael met an Ambassador hosting a forum about how the arts facilitate political conversations. He and his colleagues were invited to present on the larger picture of how science can facilitate the arts. One portion of this presentation involved a video outlining Google Glass and its potential applications in political understanding and humanitarian relief efforts.

Michael storyboarded, scripted, acted in, and helped produce the video.

Michael sometimes writes notes to accompany gifts, and did so when he gave each of my family members a Tongue Sweeper for Christmas a couple of years ago. He then realized that the piece is an excellent product pitch, and he's working with Biocurv Medical Instruments to produce a promotional video based on this draft.


Provided voiceovers for a t-shirt printing product. The first is intended for children, the second for teens.

An original piece that asks: What if a bottle of homeopathic "medicine" had an honest label?