Joint 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 joint artistic director with Emma Rice.
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: 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 picture Anna Karenina.
As a director: Hansel and Gretel, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (puppet version with Little Angel Theatre), and The Kneehigh Rambles (co-directed with Emma Rice). Mike is currently developing a new version of The Beggar’s Opera for 2014 with composer and conductor, Charles Hazlewood, and Kneehigh stalwart, Carl Grose.
Currently, Mike is appearing as King Mark in Tristan & Yseult - UK summer 2013 and America winter 2013/14. Mike will be directing a radical new version of The Beggar's Opera in 2014