Mikaal Bates (pronounced Michael) was born & raised in Los Angeles, California to a Psychology-teaching Yogi & an Astrology-practicing Actress. He received his first complete works of William Shakespeare at age 12 and hasn’t looked back since. He survived high school in Lexington, Kentucky & pursued Jazz Saxophone at Florida State University before acquiring a BA in Creative Writing & Poetry. Still undecided in his life’s pursuits, he packed a single suitcase and, convinced of no better place to discover his true Purpose than the world’s great metropolis, moved to New York City.
During those first independent years, he traveled the World, fell in love, and made his way as one of the fastest bartenders NYC had ever seen. Then one day, through the miracle of heartbreak and Destiny, he found himself on the doorstep of the William Esper Studio where he studied Acting from the legendary Bill Esper himself, the same man who, alongside Sanford Meisner, had taught his Mother at the Neighborhood Playhouse some 40 years before.
As a grateful working Actor, Mikaal lives by the creed of “Doing Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances”, and devotes himself fully to unraveling its mysteries, both on Stage & Screen where he is proud to be members of both Actors Equity & SAG, respectively. Between performing Shakespeare onstage, National Commercials, Independent Film & Network Television, Mikaal is a Man on the Rise. In addition, Mikaal runs a successful private coaching business dedicated to Men’s Work, Tantric Polarity, Life-Coaching, Relationship-consulting, Energy Healing, Conscious Sexuality, and healing the divide between Masculine + Feminine.