Michael Kraczek received an associate's degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and then a bachelor's degree in theatre arts education from Brigham Young University in Provo in 1999. He then graduated from the Yale School of Drama.
After completing his master's degree, Kraczek returned to BYU-Idaho and worked as as the campus lighting designer. In 2012, he was hired to the Theatre and Media Arts department at BYU-Provo. In 2013, Kraczek's technical design article "A Light-Beam Box" appeared in Technical Design Solutions for Theatre, Volume 3.
In 2014, Kraczek presented a workshop at the annual Utah Theatre Association conference, where Shawnda Moss was the conference administrator. Also in 2014, Kraczek designed the lighting for BYU's production of Pride and Prejudice.
In 2015, he was the lighting designer for the university's production, and the US Premiere, of The Count of Monte Cristo. The same year, he hosted the Theatre Engine: FlashMob production and research team at BYU, which was a multi-site collaboration project with Michigan State University, St. Olaf College, Kent State University, and BYU that culminated in a multi-media performance that combines live dance with smartphone technology and audience participation. This project was funded by an Oscarson Discovery Grant and BYU's Laycock Center, and was featured in a Scenic Design Commission section at the 2015 USITT Conference.
Also at the 2015 USITT Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kraczek co-chaired a session titled "Media Servers Part 2" for the Lighting Design Commission, and was an instructor for a professional development workshop titled "Projection Design Basics" for the Scenic Design Commission. The same year, he was the faculty design advisor for BYU's production of Water Sings Blue.