Mike Steele (Class of 2002) is a professional playwright with several full length plays published by various dramatic licensing companies. His work has been performed in theatres and schools around the world – from as near as Nottingham’s own auditorium to as far as theRepublic of Namibia in Southern Africa. Mike firmly believes that nothing in the world is as exciting as a school play, and he is happy to devote the bulk of his playwriting to this market.
Mike is thrilled to step onto Nottingham’s stage once again, having been an active performer in the Select Choir and the Drama Club during his four years at the school. Performing in the musicals remain his favorite high school memories. He was a cast member inNottingham’s productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, Guys & Dolls (Nathan Detroit), and Anything Goes (Moonface Martin).
Mike is proud to remain a part of Nottingham’s theatre community as director of the school’s annual Murder Mystery productions for the past nine years. He began to write original plays specifically for Nottingham in 2010 and quickly found ways to incorporate students into the playwriting process. This evolved into what he now refers to as his Cooperative Drama program where student actors help write and direct the plays they perform.
When he’s not writing a new play or working with Cooperative Drama students, Mike directs school and community theatre productions and writes as a guest columnist for several theatre education publications. Mike will direct another original murder mystery at Nottingham this spring.