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Refugia; Photo: Lawrence Peart (2015)

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Mike Steele

Mike Steele

Mike Steele is a director, performer and writer from Chicago, IL. In Chicago, he is a company member with Trap Door Theatre and founder of the “Trap Open” Incubator Series, which focuses on producing new experimental work created by emerging artists. At Trap Door, Mike directed The Killer by Eugene Ionesco and Sad Happy Sucker by Lee Kirk. Mike is also the former founding Artistic Director of The Island Theatre of Chicago. During his time with The Island, he led the creation of several originally-devised plays including Tourist Trap (an immersive look at the history of escapology) and The Glass Inward (a media-infused adaptation of "Orlando" by Virginia Woolf). Recently, 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 is a former resident artist. Also an actor, Mike has performed with numerous Chicago theatre companies and toured internationally performing in cities across Poland, Romania, Hungary and the Republic of Moldova. Mike holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.

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