NYC theater credits include Uncle Vanya and A Dybbuk for Two People at The JCC Manhattan, Pet Lawyer at The Gallery Players, Tartuffe at The American Theater of Actors and Lord Byron’s The Inheritance at The Davenport Theater. Birnbaum plays a principal role in the feature Nerve, directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost (Catfish) and starring Emma Roberts. Her voiceover experience includes the popular video game Wargame: Red Dragon, as well as audio books, radio dramas and commercials.
The film Division Ave, written and co-produced by Birnbaum, was successfully funded through Kickstarter. The production has wrapped principal photography in April 2017 and is currently in post-production. The piece deals with the fight for justice of a Latina cleaning lady in Hasidic Brooklyn. It is inspired by real events happening to this day on the modern day slave market on the corner of Division and Marcy Ave. in Williamsburg.
Michal Birnbaum was born and raised in Bene Beraq, Israel, in an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. At the age of 18 she began her three-year military service at the Israeli Army where she served as an arts & entertainment reporter at the IDF radio station. After her service, First Sergeant Michal Birnbaum moved to NYC to study at the Yeshiva of Mechon Hadar with a full scholarship. She then enrolled in the conservatory program of The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute where she studied Method Acting and was also trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.