Formerly the world’s worst auditioner, Michael Kostroff is now an established working actor best known for his five seasons as gang attorney Maury Levy on HBO’s legendary series, The Wire, and for his dozens of other television appearances, including roles on Billions, The BlacklistLaw & Order: SVU Luke Cage, The Deuce, Elementary, The Good WifeDamages, Blue Bloods, Banshee, and opposite Robert De Niro in HBO FIlms' Wizard of Lies.

 

He understudied the Tony Award-winning role of Max Bialystock on the first national tour of The Producers, originated the role of Thénardier for the 25th anniversary US tour of Les Misérables, and stood by on Broadway in The Nance. Regional engagements have taken him to Goodspeed, Paper Mill, Flat Rock, Theatre Aspen, Musical Theatre West, Olney Theatre, and more.

 

A former advice columnist for Backstage (2006-2012), Kostroff is also a director, audition coach, and frequent guest instructor at colleges, universities, and drama schools. He’s the author of

 Letters from BackstageAnswers fom "The Working Actor,"  and Audition Psych 101

 

Meanwhile . . . he continues to audition.