Born in Accra, Ghana, and raised in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Michael Gyang is a first-generation young adult of West African descent.
With aspirations of becoming a doctor, Michael originally began his higher education journey at Indiana University Bloomington, where he studied Human Biology with a concentration in Human Health and Disease. After his first year of college, Michael moved to Chicago upon realizing the need for a change of scenery and career path. Later in the Spring of 2020, Michael graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he attained a bachelor’s degree in Communication.
In the Windy City, Michael enjoys the local music scene, which he commented on through his Thursday night UIC Radio show “Mellow in My Melanin.” When Michael is not filling his auditory cavities with Chicago’s diverse bounty of music, he takes a step into its comedic world. As a graduate of the Second City Training Center Improv program, he finds himself performing at local jams or in sketch shows, like his role in the sketch revue “Requiem for a Meme.”
Michael’s interests in the entertainment, news, and media industries has also pushed him to secure numerous roles to further develop as a Communication professional. For instance, his interests led him to secure a production runner job with Live Nation (ask him about the time he got all access passes to the Backstreet Boys). It also led to his internship role with Chicago’s WGN-TV’s Morning News show.
Michael aspires to work in the television and film industry, where he can apply his love for writing, comedy, and music.