Best known for his five seasons playing defense attorney Maurice Levy on HBO’s The Wire, Michael’s other credits include Molly’s Game, The Wizard of Lies, Elementary, Blue Bloods, Gotham, Madam Secretary, Bosch, Louie, and recurring roles on The Blacklist, Law & Order SVU, Luke Cage, The Deuce, Damages, and The Good Wife.

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

A former acting advice columnist for Backstage for six years, Kostroff is also a director, audition coach, and frequent guest instructor at colleges, universities, and drama schools. He’s the author of the popular book, Letters from Backstage, and Audition Psych 101.