Mike Steele was awarded a 2017 Co-MISSION Summer Intensive.
Mike Steele is a director, writer, and performer who specializes in devising original, physical theatre. His pieces combine elements of experimental theatre, dance, music and spoken word to conjure new, dreamlike realities. As an artist, Mike seeks to present an alternative world, one constructed from the refuse of our shared experience, but distorted, rearranged, and amplified. Mike is the former Artistic Director of The Island Theatre, with whom he created and produced several theatrical events including The Glass Inward (at Defibrillator Gallery), The War To End War (at The Chicago Fringe), and Tourist Trap (at Links Hall). Mike has also performed as an actor, mover, and solo artist with Trap Door Theatre, Oracle Theatre, The Den, Strawdog, and Sideshow Theatre to name a few. He has also collaborated internationally with Teatr Witkacy in Zakopane, Poland. Occasionally Mike can be heard blowing melodies through various twisted hunks of brass as a member of The Garvey Train.