J. Michael Newlight
Beat Angel  Associate Producer

Michael read On The Road and met Japhy Ryder of The Dharma Bums in 1965.  He immediately stuck out his thumb to criss-cross the great American and European continents in youthful blues guitar outburst and Zen exploding awareness of joy and beauty and terror and love of all things that are born to die.

In the early 80's, Michael established the Gallery Theatre and the Bellingham Academy of Performing Arts, where he first collaborated with Frank Tabbita.  At the Gallery, Michael produced everything from Waiting For Godot to Oliver, including several of his original plays:  Drax (updated Dracula legend), The Farm (a 70's musical) and The Last Hours of Harry Crosby (as co-writer).  His desire to reach a larger audience awakened his interest in film.

He was drawn to Beat Angel by his twenty-year creative relationship with Frank Tabbita, his love of Kerouac's work and his admiration for Vince Balestri's portrayal of Jack.

Michael has two recently published novels, Habits and Twist, written under the nom de plume Myron Night (www.greenlightbooks.com) and is co-author, with Frank Tabbita, of the one-man play, TESLA, which was most recently produced in Australia.


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