An actor and theater artist by training and trade, Mike has also been working as an educator for over 25 years, and has proudly worked with Putney for nearly 20 of those years. Mike has been leading and directing programs for Putney Student Travel since 2005, when he led his first Putney program, Theater in Britain, which he was co-leader for from 2005 to 2011. He also led a Putney/National Geographic D.C. Summit several times. In addition to his time with Putney, he has worked and traveled extensively in Italy, first as an adjunct professor for University of Hartford, teaching on their Theater in Italy intersession program, and then as a student of Padova Arts in their Pedagogy of the Mask summer intensive. As a theater artist, he has worked as an actor, a writer, a director, a fight director, and producer, and as an arts educator has taught all ages, from kindergarten through college. He is currently a Professor with Molloy University/CAP 21’s BFA Musical Theatre Program, where he teaches Actor Movement, Stage Combat, and Acting. He is also a member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers, and serves on the governing body of Dueling Arts, International, a prestigious stage combat organization. You can find his movie, The Thing Before the Thing on Amazon Prime, which he wrote, produced, and starred in, and which was inspired by his long time work with the good people at Putney Student Travel.