As Vice President of Creative Development for Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, Michael Jung is in charge of developing theatrical experiences for the Disney Theme Parks, Cruise Lines and Resorts around the world.
Most recently, Jung launched the inaugural entertainment program for the Disney’s newest Cruise Ship, The Disney Fantasy. Jung spearheaded the creation of The American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Working closely with the creators of the hit television show, Jung and his team brought all of the energy and excitement of the show to theme park guests in the form of a live entertainment show. Jung was the principal Creative Director on "Finding Nemo - The Musical" at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, gathering together a stellar group of creative collaborators for a show that marked the first time a Pixar animated feature had been turned into a musical. He spearheaded the successful development and execution of the entertainment program for Hong Kong Disneyland and was the principal Creative Director on "The Lion King" and "Once Upon a Dream" parade, both for Disneyland Paris. He has been a key figure in driving the theatrical Blue Sky projects forward, integrating new artists into the Disney fold, crafting and shaping scripts, and spearheading the design concepts for Disney Parks’ theatrical productions. Jung has very successfully worked with the Parks' entertainment teams on a wide variety of projects including “Playhouse Disney” in both Anaheim and Orlando.
Jung trained at the Children’s Theatre Conservatory in Minneapolis. He was appointed resident associate director at the Guthrie Theatre under the artistic direction of Garland Wright.
Jung earned his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in directing and locally has produced and directed at The Mark Taper Forum, The Tiffany Theatre, The Matrix, Actor’s Gang, West Coast Ensemble, Long Beach Playhouse and the Taper New Work Festival. In 1994 he joined the artistic staff of the Mark Taper Forum, where he spent five years coordinating the new play development programs and acting as associate producer for the New Work Festival. Jung has also branched into producing, writing and directing television. He was the co-producer for the ACE award winning series Intimate Portrait on Lifetime Television.
Michael was born in Detroit, Michigan and is an MFA graduate of California Institute of the Arts. Michael now resides in Los Angeles, California.