Name: Michael Palmieri

Nick-Name : The Godfather

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Cell Phone : 303-906-3554

"Education is not the filling of a pail;
it is the lighting of a fire."

P.S. Go Red Sox ! ... and Rockies !


Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English
School: Boston College
Completion: 1973

Degree: Teacher Certification
School: DU
Completion: 1990

English/Language Arts

TJ Teaching/Positions
Theatre 1
Theatre 2
Theatre 3
Arts Department Chair and Senior Team Lead

Stage Manager


2017/2018 Class Schedule

Department: Arts

Room: 233 (Classroom and Black Box Theater)

Period 1: Plan for Theatre 1, 2, 3
Period 2: Theatre 1
Period 3: Department Chair /Senior Team Lead
Period 4: Senior Team Lead
Period 5: Lunch
Period 6: Theatre 1
Period 7: Theatre 2
Period 8: Theatre 3


A Bit About Me

I spent three years working on photo journalism in the seventies. I am in the beginning of a new photographic journey, including exhibitions and several books. I was also into sports cars, and spent 1980-1990 as service manager at Ralph Schomp BMW. I realized the call on my life to teach when I began teaching high school Sunday school, went back to school, and began teaching in DPS in 1990, and I have loved every minute since (12 years @ TJ; 28 years in DPS.) I taught for eleven years at Martin Luther King, then moved to Manual High School, where I became theatre director in 2004 and fell in love with the stage. Directing highlights have been Fences at Manual, Marisol at Manual and at TJ, and Chicago, Moon Over Buffalo, RENT, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Little Shop of Horrors, Macbeth 2012, Lend Me A Tenor, and The August Wilson Project at TJ. The RenT ProJect at TJ is a highlight reel for me. The cast and crew served over 600 hours at the Denver Rescue Mission, Children's Hospital, and the Colorado Aids Project. I am currently sharing all I learned directing on the big stage with young people in my theatre classes. I am literally a guy living the dream.

Heartfelt thanks and love to these supporters of TJ Theatre for their generous donations in support of the continued technical upgrades to our Black Box Theater : Michael Christoff (TJ Funds) , The DPS Foundation, TJ PTO, and Bob and Kristen Raskopf.

Current Interests : family, photography, writing (working on an autobiography), travel (Italy is my favorite),
TJ (I love TJ), and reading