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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
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?