Michael Braithwaite is an award winning creative director, producer and musician who has created and delivered numerous live shows and spectaculars worldwide, including the UK, USA, Germany, Italy, Dubai, Japan, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. He is currently the Creative Director of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Scotland.
Originally from New Zealand, Michael commenced his international career in London where he was engaged as the first Senior Producer for Live Entertainment for the Jim Henson Company. Michael also worked for Warner Brothers on the films Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets. More recently he has been Producer for the Mayor of London’s Outdoor Festival for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
Michael then spent five years as Global Shows Director for the Merlin Entertainment Group, creating and delivering productions in the UK, USA, Germany, Italy, Dubai, Malaysia and Japan. During his time with Merlin Michael directed major creative partnerships with DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, the LEGO Group, BBC Worldwide, Lionsgate and Fox. He was awarded the 2016 IAAPA Brass Ring Award for Best Theatrical Production for his production Ninjago: The Realm of Shadows, still playing in Japan, and Dubai.
At New York’s Commercial Theatre Institute, Michael was the first New Zealander, and one of the youngest directors ever, to be invited to attend its Producing for Broadway & The Road intensive programme for promising young producers and directors.