Raised in the frozen lands of Utica, New York, Mike’s earliest lessons in dramatic writing took the form of shoveling snow, which his father assured would help him “build character.” He started writing sketches while an undergrad in his school’s Musical Theater Club to cover for complicated costume changes. That was his first taste of putting words in other peoples’ mouths, and he found he liked it. After college, Mike moved to New York City to further his misguided pursuits.
While in NYC, he studied sketch comedy at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in NYC, received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and was a member of The Armory’s sketch team Be Kind, Rewind.
Mike has taught dramatic writing to students in NYU Tisch Drama’s Future Theatre Artists Program. He is currently an undergraduate admissions reader for NYU Tisch’s Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing, as well as a writer for Konami Cross Media NY.
Second Rounder, Austin Film Festival Script Competition (2018)
Quarter Finalist, Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship (2017)
Top Ten Finalist, Launch Pad Pilots Competition (2016)
Writer, ABC Discovers LA Talent Showcase (2015)
Top Ten Finalist, Screencraft Short Screenplay Contest (2015)
Finalist, 10 x 10 Tisch Alumni Reading Series (2013)
Winner, Pitching it to the Pros Contest, Fusion Film Festival (2011)
Rita & Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing
Departmental Fellowship (2010-2012)
M.F.A. Dramatic Writing
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
B.A. Psychology/English Literature
Small businesses whose names are puns
After a devastating marriage proposal rejection, a down on his luck man decides that the best way to get his life back on track and prove his worth is to return to the sport he excelled at in his youth—curling.