Mike Shepherd

Mike Shepherd

Artistic Director


Mike Shepherd started Kneehigh in 1980 and has worked almost exclusively for the company ever since. Mike is an actor, director and teacher and has an ongoing preoccupation with the conditions of creativity. He is currently Artistic Director.

As well as touring the world as a Kneehigh actor, Mike runs the Connections programme with Anna Maria Murphy, “engaging creatively with communities through event and adventure ”, and is a pioneer of Kneehigh’s transformable and transportable venue, the Asylum.

Recent shows as an actor include: 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, The Wooden Frock, The Bacchae, The Red Shoes, Tristan and Yseult, Cymbeline, A Matter of Life and Death, Don John, Midnight’s Pumpkin, Steptoe and Son, and the motion pictures Anna Karenina and Pan.

As a director: Hansel and Gretel, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (puppet version with Little Angel Theatre), The Kneehigh Rambles (co-directed with Emma Rice) and Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) with music by Charles Hazlewood, and writing by Kneehigh stalwart, Carl Grose. Mike is currently working on a version of Tin Drum for 2017 with Charles and Carl.