Michael Rothhaar has been a professional actor since 1975 and a professional theater director since 1985.
Rothhaar served as the artistic director of Pennsylvania's Allenberry Playhouse from 1987 to 1992 where he directed 40 productions including Lettice and Lovage, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Agnes of God, The Foreigner, Blithe Spirit, Driving Miss Daisy, The Miracle Worker, Steel Magnolias, Broadway Bound, The Diary of Anne Frank, Lend Me a Tenor, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls and My Fair Lady.
He directed South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Witness for the Prosecution, A Murder Is Announced and Spider's Web at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre in Missouri and The Last Flapper at the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara. At the Washington Stage Guild in Washington, D.C., he directed Mrs. Warren's Profession and The Millionairess. In 1994, he directed Sleuth, which toured southern California. He also directed Pride and Prejudice for the USC School of Dramatic Arts.
For Pacific Resident Theatre in Los Angeles, Rothhaar directed the Los Angeles premiere of Becky's New Car, Brecht's Saint Joan of the Slaughterhouses, Otherwise Engaged, Candida, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Waiting for Godot, The Hasty Heart, Family Planning, Four Dogs and a Bone, Podunk Nowhere, Birdbrain, Will, Relative Madness, The Usual and The Private Ear, as well as youth productions of Hamlet and Macbeth. He also directed the West Coast premiere of Holy Ghost at Theatre of Note.
As an actor, Rothhaar has appeared on Broadway in The Front Page and The Corn Is Green; performed in such feature films as Radio Free Albemuth, The 10-Year Plan, The Nutty Professor and Space Jam; acted off-Broadway in Frankenstein and Brand at CSC, in the San Francisco company of The Foreigner; and in the Los Angeles company of Shear Madness. He worked on the Geffen Playhouse productions of Uncle Vanya, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Picasso, Heroes and Hedda Gabler, as well as working at The Mark Taper Forum in Expecting Isabel. In Dallas, he appeared in the American premiere of Dog Days, written and directed by Simon Gray. At La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, he performed in Spring Awakening, Last Night of Ballyhoo, King 'o the Moon and The Foreigner.
Rothhaar has acted in numerous television series including Modern Family, True Blood, Longmire, Parks and Recreation, Bones (recurring as Judge Cohen), Family Law (recurring as Judge Prentiss), The Whispers, Cold Case, Pretty Little Liars, Dr. Ken, The Practice, According to Jim, Ally Mc Beal, Malcolm in the Middle, Arliss (as a recurring guest star), NYPD Blue, The X-Files, Frasier, Star Trek: The Next Generation and many others.
His credits also include numerous appearances in regional theater, including the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, Capital Repertory in Albany, Michigan's Meadow Brook Theatre, the Washington Stage Guild in Washington, D.C. and Maryland's Olney Theatre.
At Pacific Resident Theatre, Rothhaar has appeared in Welcome to Santa, The Indians Are Coming to Dinner, Loyalties, My Antonia, The Time of Your Life, Ardèle, Of Mice and Men, The Visit, Ondine, Orpheus Descending, Hogan's Goat and Rocket to the Moon.
He is the recipient of various theater awards and nominations. His production of The Hasty Heart won the 2007 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Revival. Saint Joan of the Slaughterhouses was nominated for the 2009 LA Weekly Award for Best Revival. In 1997, he won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Lead Performance in Ardèle, as well as the 1997 Drama Logue Award in Direction for Mrs. Warren's Profession. He was a member of the Ovation Award-nominated ensemble of Spring Awakening (La Mirada Theatre).
In addition to acting and directing, Rothhaar does voice narration and has served as an adjunct instructor in theater and speech at Valley College in San Bernardino, Calif.
He received his bachelor of arts degree in speech and drama from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and was a member of the Hilberry Repertory Company in the M.F.A. acting program at Wayne State University in Detroit.