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Mike Steele is a director, performer, and theatre artist living in Chicago, IL.

He currently serves as Literary Manager for Trap Door theatre, where he also curates the “Trap Open” Incubator Series. Additionally, he is the former Founding Artistic Director of The Island Theatre (R.I.P.).

Directing credits include Sad Happy Sucker by Lee Kirk (Trap Door Theatre), The Fever by Wallace Shawn, The Glass Inward, and Tourist Trap (The Island). Over the past two years Mike has been devising and directing a series of original dance-theatre pieces titled The Capillaries, which have been presented at Links Hall where he was a 2017 “Summer Intensive” resident artist.

He has also collaborated as a devisor and writer on several projects including Amok (Links Hall), Strangerland (Sideshow Theatre), and The Movement; A Series of Lectures on Better Human Functioning (The Island).

A frequent performer, Mike has appeared in over 25 professional productions including Occidental Express (Trap Door Theatre and International Tour), The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (Trap Door Theatre-Jeff Nomination for Best Ensemble), Much Ado About Nothing (Alchemical Theatre), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Strawdog Theatre), Sight Unseen (Adventure Stage), No Beast So Fierce (Oracle Theatre), Skriker (Red Tape Theatre), and many more. Mike holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.