Associate Professor of Theatre
Office: Lyman Center Hall Room 129B
Phone: (203) 392-6104
About Mike Skinner
Mike has participated in hundreds of theatrical productions since the early 1990s with roots in concert and play productions starting with his stage debut in 1985. His professional career covers almost every aspect of production, building performance art at every step from the page to the stage collaborating with talents ranging from age two to eighty-two.
From 1993-1996, Mike played as a freelance pit band bass player for many musical productions in the Greater New Haven and Boston Areas. During this time he acted as the Production Manager for The Black Onion Players whose annual proceeds were donated to The Ronald McDonald House in New Haven.
Establishing his own company, Skinner Productions in 1997, Mike developed and directed The Musicality Series (1998-2001) as an annual community summer variety show that raised awareness for adults with mental disabilities in the New Haven area. This series donated proceeds to organizations housing these adults while also casting many of their residents in the acting company. Mike directed concert versions of The Who’s Tommy at the Webster Theatre (2000) and a full stage production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Palace Theater in New Haven (2001).
Mike has released several albums of original compositions over the years and has work-shopped his original musical, The University of Christmas in 1999, 2005, and an abridged radio performance at the Yale Cabaret in 2011.
As a Sound Designer, Mike has shared his work with Yale Repertory Theatre, Triad Stage, Arena Stage Company, Long Wharf Theatre, HERE Arts Center, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Hartford Stage Company, Yale Cabaret Theatre, and many others. He has been a guest designer for University Productions at the Yale School of Drama, John Jay College (CUNY), Fordham University, Wesleyan University, Quinnipiac University, The Studio New York Acting Conservatory, the Asian Studies Program at NYU, Amherst College, and Southern Connecticut State University. He served as a Design Associate for the Yale Cabaret Theatre’s 43rd Season.
Mike has been a freelance stagehand and technician for over 20 years in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. He has worked as the Technical Director and Production Manager for various schools in the Greater New Haven Area. He is also a member of the Actors Equity Association and has served as Assistant Stage Manager for the Elm Shakespeare Company for numerous summers. Mike received his BA from Southern Connecticut State University and his MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Listen to some of his compositions at PodBean.