Michael Bahsil-Cook

Class of 2023


Michael was born and raised west of Atlanta, GA, so he’s no stranger to black culture and art, plus good food. He fell in love with hip-hop and dancing at the age of 6 when he was first introduced to Afrika Bambaataa’s Planet Rock and Michael Jackson’s Bad. By 7, he was writing his own lyrics and learning dance moves from movies such as You Got Served and Step Up 2: The Streets. These new abilities transformed into self-creating action movie sequences in his living room which then led to his interest in acting and eventually landing him at CMU. 

An old soul, Michael loves jazz, blues, gospel, and soul music. He translates this essence in his everyday life whether he’s chilling with his homies, dancing, writing, doing a podcast with his cousin, handling business, feeling romantic, dabbling with fashion, or making new music. His work at Carnegie Mellon is work he’ll never regret, playing the energetic yet confined Deandre in Dominique Morriseau’s “Blood at the Root”, and the repellant but romantically passionate Benedick from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Michael Bahsil-Cook is a multi-talented force whose music can be found on all streaming platforms (Apple Music, Spotify, Soundcloud, etc.). He prides himself in his authenticity and desires to become a resource to the youth of tomorrow.

Showcase Film Work

Michael Bahsil-Cook – "The Shadows of ‘92" by Gerardo Navarro

Michael Bahsil-Cook and Abiola Obatolu – "Dear White People" by Yvette Lee

Classroom Film Work

Michael Bahsil-Cook and Lucy Hall

Showcase Video Production Team

Producer/Director/Editor: Randy Kovitz

Additional Editors: Jack Cherry, Chris Jovanelli, Bahaar Esfahani

Camera Operators: Chris Jovanelli, Randy Kovitz. Pablo Antón, Jack Cherry

Sound Recording: Bahaar Esfahini, Pablo Antón, Jack Cherry, Chris Jovanelli

Music Director/Playback Operator: Rick Edinger

Post Production Sound Mixer (songs): Dino DiStefano

Production P.A./Slate: Isabella Campos