Mike studied at Theatre Humber under the tutelage of some of his greatest influences and has worked professionally and at a community level for many years. Born in Listowel Ontario, Mike has always enjoyed telling and writing stories.
In the year 2000. Mike proposed the idea of staging a play during the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival to the Elmira Theatre Co.. Everyone loved the idea, however there isn’t a library of plays about maple syrup so Mike relied on his history in Children’s Theatre and a writing workshop to create his first play, “The Wizard of the Woods”. After it’s success, he followed it up with “The Next Knight” and “The Curse of the Crown”. All 3 played in rotation for the next 6 years for ETC and the festival. During that time, Mike also wrote a 1 Act called “It’s a Long Way to Broadway”. A spoof on community theatre.
In 2002, Mike was inspired by his new found fatherhood to write “Hamish” which is published in PCP’s anthology , “Grassroots” and had it’s amateur premiere at ETC. Shortly after, he had a silly idea that he couldn’t get out of his head and “Bare Bear Bones” was created. “Hamish” broke attendance records at it’s Amateur Premiere but Bare Bear Bones blew those numbers out of the water! He quickly followed it by penning “The Highway” , a short 1 Act as a tribute to the Canadian Troops.
His next offering, “Shorthanded” had been an idea that had been in the works for years. Mike was accepted into Playwrights Guild of Canada early in 2012 and received the Best Comedy in Canada Award later that same year. Shorthanded’s ETC amateur premiere once again broke records and won the Best Production of a Canadian Script from WODL. It since has had several very successful runs, playing to sold out crowds and receiving Standing O’s. Bare Bear Bones has also gone on to be produced numerous times across Ontario as well as a production in BC. In 2015, his One Act play “It’s a Long Way to Broadway” hit the boards several times as the script of choice for WODL’s Mini-fest. “Suburban Standoff” opened in February 2016 to many rave reviews and has already had another production and a two more in the works. Two more productions of Bare Bear Bones are in pre-production and shortly, Mike will be releasing “Shorthanded; A Ladies’ Game” which will be premiered by ITR Theatre in Osgoode ON. Mike’s proud that his work has been produced across Canada but is just as proud to call South Western Ontario home where he lives with his wife Sherry and three children Brendan, Daniel, and Kelly.