I have been writing and directing from as far back as I can remember. My life in the theatre began at the age of five when I gathered old bedsheets and constructed a stage in my basement so that I could direct a production of Snow White and the Two Dwarfs. I could not round up enough friends to cast seven dwarfs, so my adaptation had to be slightly non-traditional. My childhood weekends consisted mostly of forcing my friends and family to watch my original basement plays. I spent the bulk of my teenage years performing in school and community theatre productions and continued to act through college while I completed a BS in elementary education and sociology.
Shortly before earning my degree, a local high school asked me to direct a play for a small group of students. The gig continued through the next year, and then the next, and I haven’t looked back since. I soon began to write full length plays and found ways to incorporate my students into the creative process. This evolved into what I now refer to as my cooperative drama program.
I continue to write and direct school and community theatre productions, and I have taught cooperative drama workshops to a variety of students throughout the years – from elementary schoolers to senior citizens – as near as my hometown of Trenton, New Jersey, to as far as Bangkok, Thailand. I am happy to have found a way to combine my love of theatre and my passion for education. Visit www.mikesteeleonline.com to learn more about cooperative drama.
In my spare time I enjoy exploring new places, watching television and films, and pretending like I know how to play tennis.