Mike is a playwright, dramaturg, theatre instructor and Ph.D. candidate currently studying and teaching theatre at the University of Hawaiʻi. His research is oriented around the pedagogical benefits of devised community theatre.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Mike was introduced to writing for stage and film as an extracurricular while attending McGill University in Montreal. Since then he has traveled extensively and lived several years in Dublin, Ireland where he became acquainted with The Attic Studio, the city’s largest film and theater collaborative. It was with this group Mike received his first series of readings and professional productions.
In 2010 Mike moved back to New York and joined the management of Backyart, a multi-disciplinary arts collaborative based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. With this group he produced The New York Monologues, Antenora and Flaccid Penis Seeks Vaginal Dryness.
Mike earned his MFA in Playwriting at Trinity College’s Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art in 2013.
To date Mike has had two plays published, and seven full length scripts, numerous one acts and a few short films performed and screened in six countries. He founded two ongoing writing and film competitions and regularly teaches workshops on writing, performance and other aspects of theater and film.
He worked for four years as the Director of New Script Development at The Foxboro Company, an independent Broadway and feature film production company based in New York City. He has also taught creative writing to teenagers at Manhattan’s Writopia Lab since 2016 and regularly assists playwrights and directors with dramaturgy.
In August 2018 Mike moved to Honolulu to work on a theatre studies Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii, where he also teaches their Introduction to World Theatre and Introduction to Playwriting courses.
2018 Planet Connections Opening Night Party
With Robyne Martinez and Jak Watson