Born in Hong Kong and raised in New York City’s Chinatown, Dramatists Guild of America member Michael Justin Lee is proudly a part of the new wave of Asian-American artists and filmmakers.
He was the writer, producer and director of an impressionistic rendition of the Greek tragedy, “Medea,” which premiered at Court Métrage Festival de Cannes 2015. His next film, “Shifting Grounds,” which he also wrote, produced and directed, was shot in July of 2015 and was the recipient of a Motion Picture Opportunity Fund grant from the Virginia Film Office. His third, a modernization of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” completed post-production in September of 2016 and his fourth, an Americanization of the ancient Euripidean classics “Electra and Hecuba” was completed in April of 2017. He is in pre-production for his next, which will shoot in June of 2017.
His comedic stage play, “Grandmothers,” was produced Off-Broadway in 2013, the same year that he was honored at the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ Outstanding Book Awards for his first book, “The Chinese Way to Wealth and Prosperity” (McGraw-Hill, 2012).
The strength of his writing and story sense is attested to by the reviews of his young adult historical fiction novel, “Fighting for Freedom and General Washington.”
Kirkus Reviews wrote of it, “Brimming with excitement while effectively teaching history…Lee has a real talent for capturing the young mind and conveying complex ideas in terms young readers will understand.”
Pacific Book Review wrote of it, “Lee has done an amazing job of writing a historical novel for young adults that will teach, inspire, and entertain.”
He is a veteran Chartered Financial Analyst, a former grader of the CFA Examination and was the nation’s first Financial Markets Expert-in-Residence in the United States Department of Labor. Additionally, he was an expert reviewer for “Applied Corporate Finance” by Aswath Damodaran (John Wiley, 2010) and “Essentials of Investments” by Bodie, Kane and Marcus (McGraw-Hill, 2012).
An alumnus of Brown University and New York University, he has held academic appointments as Professorial Lecturer at Georgetown University and Practitioner Instructor at Johns Hopkins University and most recently taught at the University of Maryland where he was a three time recipient of the business school’s Distinguished Teaching Award.