While most recognizable as an actor from commercials and small roles on TV, Mike has over 20 years experience in children's theater and informal education.
Graduating college with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in Theatre, Mike's first professional acting job was with an Indiana-based touring company that performed plays in schools about conflict resolution and anger managment.
After teaching theatre at a summer camp in Maine, Mike moved to Austin and became part of the city's Dowser Dan program. Dowser Dan toured to the elementary schools in the Austin area, teaching about water conservation. After performing with the show for a year, Mike then wrote the script and songs for the next show.
These experiences led Mike back to Chicago to join forces with his old friend Danny LaBrecque (also the first-ever guest on The Kid Stuff Podcast) to create "The Not So Late Show." The NSLS was formatted like a late-night talk show, but for an audience of 8-12 year olds. Mike was the head writer, and he and Danny acted as co-hosts for the pilot they shot way back in 2002.
At the same time, Mike got a job through a temp agency at The Field Museum in their education department. After working as an administrative temp for a year, Mike was promoted to the Administrator of Family programs. For seven years, he was in charge of the museum's overnight program for scout groups and families, their summer camp, and various family workshops based on the museum's exhibitions. While at the museum, Mike and his wife Abby started their family, and Mike also joined the national touring company of Chicago's renowned Second City.
In 2009, Mike followed Abby to Southern California, where he dove full-time back into his acting and writing careers. On his often long commutes to auditions, Mike is a big fan of interview podcasts such as Fresh Air, WTF, and Bullseye. With three kids now 11, 8, and 5, he's also been exposed to the incredible amount of great content being created for kids these days. Following his curiosity, Mike decided that the people making stuff for kids should have their stories heard just as much as the writers, performers, and creators of grown-up content that you typically hear on these shows. Therefore, The Kid Stuff Podcast was born.
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The Kid Stuff Podcast:
Conversations With People Who Make Stuff For Kids.
Whether you're a parent, a kid, a caregiver, someone who aspires to make kid-friendly content, or someone who's just curious about the creative process, The Kid Stuff Podcast is for you.
Learn how the people who make the stuff that you and your kids love work, how they got where they are, what inspires them, and more.
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