VIP Lounge: Michael Urie

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Perhaps best known as the sassy Marc St. James on ABC’s Ugly Betty, which aired from 2006-2010, this openly gay actor and director hails from Texas. Born Michael Lorenzo Urie, he moved to NYC at age 19 to attend Julliard. He made a first blip on the national radar with WTC View, Brian Sloan’s profound play and 2005 film about a twenty-something New Yorker struggling to keep himself together, and find a roommate, in the days immediately following 9/11.

Urie’s stage credits include The Tempera-mentals, a 2009 play about the seminal gay-liberation organization, The Mattachine Society; the 2010 Off-Broadway revival of Angels in America; and Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business, opposite Nick Jonas. He and Brandon Routh portrayed boyfriends on CBS’s short-lived, but much-adored, 2012 comedy Partners, while he and real-life boyfriend of five years, Ryan Spahn, played a couple in the 2013 indie, He’s Way More Famous Than You that Spahn also co-wrote.

Based in NYC, Urie briefly returned to his Texas alma mater, Plano Senior High School, to co-direct the 2011 documentary Thank You For Judging, about teen competitors in Speech and Debate finals (a dramatic form of public speaking known as forensics that Urie says was instrumental in his development as an actor).

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