Born in Hong Kong and raised in New York City’s Chinatown, Michael Justin Lee, a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Dramatists Guild of America, is proudly a part of the new wave of Asian-American artists and filmmakers and works primarily in the genre he terms “edu-tainment.”
In 2017, he wrote, produced, and directed modernized cinematic interpretations of the Biblical story of “Salomé” and the ancient Euripidean tragedy “Medea.” They are both available for purchase on Apple iTunes Films, Google Play Movies, and Amazon Video, in over 80 countries across six continents.
In 2018, he achieved the same for the ancient Sophoclean tragedy “Antigone” and the historical story of “Joan of Arc.” Both of these are also available for purchase, also on Apple iTunes Films, Google Play Movies, and Amazon Video, also in over 80 countries across six continents. In 2019, he filmed his first Shakespearean themed movie with release scheduled for the beginning of 2020.
Previous cinematic works of his have been screened at Court Métrage Festival de Cannes and have been recipient of a Motion Picture Opportunity Fund grant from the Virginia Film Office. 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).
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. He most recently taught at the University of Maryland where he was a three time recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.
Utilizing his strong story sense and his academic expertise, he also works as an MBA Admissions Consultant, coaching applicants to elite business schools on creating powerful narratives of their lives, talents, ambitions, and experiences and to present them through the application essays of their top choice schools.