Performance and Directing
Mike Griffin has worked across the country as a theatre educator and director. Originally from British Columbia, Mike received both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. He taught high school drama for four years in Langley, BC before he moved to Calgary to do his Masters of Fine Arts in Directing at the University of Calgary. During his time at the U of C, Mike went to Reggio Emilia, Italy and trained with Antonio Fava in Commedia dell’Arte. Since then, Commedia has become a major area of research for Mike, teaching classes and workshops in this style and recently being published in The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte with a chapter on the rival playwrights Carlo Goldoni and Carlo Gozzi. Also researching Commedia through staging and production, Mike has directed The Liar (Goldoni), The Dyskolos (Menander), The Servant of Two Masters (Goldoni), as well writing/directing The Wooers’ Woods for Calgary Young People’s Theatre, which was also performed for the Calgary International Children’s Festival. Mike also was the Commedia specialist and assistant director for the Canadian Premiere of One Man Two Guvnors at Theatre Calgary.
Mike has taught at the University of Calgary and at Red Deer College. He was also the Crake Fellow in Drama at Mt. Allison University from 2012 to 2014 where he taught Voice and Movement, Commedia, and Devised Theatre Methods and directed five productions including two new devised works, a one man show in full mask, The Dock Project, and Psyche, a physical theatre piece inspired by the myth of Cupid and Psyche. One of Mike’s interests is creating new theatre, especially works that embrace creating meaning with the body, and story telling through image, dance, gesture, music and light. Mike trained in devised theatre with Calgary’s Ghost River Theatre and was one of the collaborators on their premiere of Reverie. He also wrote a new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland for the Watermark Theatre in PEI and an adaptation of Aeschylus’ Oresteia called The Curse of the House of Atreus for Calgary Young People’s Theatre.
Professionally, Mike has worked with an array of different companies across the country including: Vertigo Mystery Theatre, Ground Zero Theatre, Hit and Myth Productions, Quest Theatre, and Apparition Theatre. He is also the Artistic Director of Beyond the Brink Productions. Most recently he was the assistant director on King Lear a co-production with Theatre Calgary and Bard on the Beach in Vancouver. For more information about Mike see his website at www.mgriffin.ca