Mike began performing in school and community theatre performances in Massachusetts. He started learning theatre production as an officer of Quinnipiac University’s theatre club, from where he earned a B.A. in Mass Communications.
As an actor in Los Angeles, Mike studied the Michael Chekhov Technique and is an alumnus of the Stella Adler Academy. He also assisted with the managing of the Stella Adler Theatres. Mike has appeared in theatre, television, and film with costar and guest star credits opposite many notable actors. He was also a stand-in and photo double for actor John Goodman in five pictures.
In 1999, Mike opened the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood, California. Forming the non-profit theatre organization Fire Rose Productions in 2000, he was the president and chair until 2009. Mike gained his theatre business acumen by running both organizations and producing over 100 shows, including many multicultural events, an annual Ten-Minute Play Festival, and Mini Musical Festivals. He also created “She Wrights – A Festival of Women Playwrights.” At the Secret Rose Theatre, he was also a director, dramaturge, and an acting coach for both children and adults.
After selling the Secret Rose Theatre, Mike moved to Texas in 2013. As executive director of the Hill Country Community Theatre since July 2014, he produces all shows and special events, handles fiduciary concerns, marketing and publicity, education and outreach.
At HCCT, Mike increased revenue by increasing the number of show performances, building audiences, creating fundraisers, and producing special events. He implemented a “Pay-What-You-Can” concept to make the theatre more accessible to the economically disadvantaged. Mike also started the “Plays for New Audiences” series, introducing dramas and shows with controversial themes. Using direct mail marketing, he has been successful in increasing attendance as well as awareness of the venue and organization.
Box Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator
Louraine and her husband, John, moved to Horseshoe Bay in September of 1997 from West Point, New York. She became a volunteer at the theatre shortly after that and has been with us ever since. Louraine has been assuming box office responsibilities and making sure we have folks to greet and prepare concessions. When not at the theatre, she enjoys bridge, bingo, and lunch with friends.
Patrick has been involved in theater since the age of nine. He has put his carpentry and mechanical skills to use behind the scenes on many sets at theaters and on film. Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife and six daughters when not on set or stage.
Steve graduated from Lamar University with degrees in Economics and Accounting. He retired to this area from a banking career in Beaumont and El Paso, Texas, after being replaced by an ATM.