Mike trained in London as an actor, at Mountview Theatre School, and subsequently studied physical theatre with Desmond Jones and the Meisner Technique from 1989.
As an actor his experience includes :
West End productions of
- «Blood Brothers»,
- «The Patsy Cline Story» and
- «The Beautiful Game»
Royal National Theatre.
- «The Duchess of Malfi» (directed by Phyllida Lloyd),
- Edward Bond’s «Lear» directed by Tim Stark
- «The Merchant of Venice»,
- «Of Mice and Men»,
- Justin Butcher’s buffo-inspired «Passion»,
(all national tours),
«Romeo and Juliet» (Bracknell),
«Dial M for Murder» (London),
«The Trojan Women» (Cheltenham).
For the Original Shakespeare Company:
-Angelo in «Measure for Measure» (Cambridge) and
-Bertram in «All’s Well that Ends Well» (London).
For screen :
- in the lead role in “Krakatoa” for Channel 4 and
- HBO and "Am Ende der Hoffnung" for Sat1.As a director:
Mike was the Artistic Director of Fervent Theatre Company, where he directed and produced over thirty productions in six years including :
- Patrick Marber’s “Closer”,
- John Steinbeck‘s “Of Mice and Men”,
- William Shakespeare‘s “Twelfth Night”,
- Stephen Sondheim’s “Company”,
- Tom Kempinski’s “Duet for One”,
- David Mamet‘s “Oleanna” and “Speed the Plow”
- Edward Albee’s “The Zoo Story”.
Also directed :
- David Auburn's "Proof" (Berlin)
- Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" (Norfolk)
Mike regularly directs student productions and casting showcases throughout London such as :
- Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot”,
- William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”,
Directs as well several dance-theatre pieces for
Springs Dance Company.
Continues to teach in leading Drama Schools and Studios across Europe, including the :
- Akademie der Darstellende Kunste in Ludwigsburg,
- EuXXL Forum for Film in Vienna, and the
- HFF Konrad Wolf in Potsdam.In 2008 Mike coached the cast for the film "Die Fremde" ("When we Leave") which opened in 2010 and stormed prize platforms and festivals world-wide.
Also has worked with Pia Marais, Sophie Heldmann, Athanasios Karanikolas, Tobias Doerrs and others on directing projects and related explorations.
Mike now lectures full-time in Drama at the University of East Anglia in the UK.