Mike Shepherd

Mike Shepherd

Artistic Director

Mike is an actor, director, teacher and the artistic director of Kneehigh. He started Kneehigh in 1980 and has worked almost exclusively for the company ever since. Mike is a pioneer of Kneehigh’s transportable venue the Asylum and actively involved in the Kneehigh Rambles. Rambles are currently themed Run for your Life and as well as working with special groups and individuals in Cornwall, have been working with refugees in the Calais Jungle and the homeless in Bogotá, Colombia.

Work as director includes: Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Kneehigh, UK and International tour); The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Little Angel Theatre, Islington) and The Tin Drum (Kneehigh, 2017 Tour).

Work as actor includes: Tristan and Yseult, Steptoe and Son, Midnight’s Pumpkin, The Red Shoes, The Bacchae, Cymbeline, The Wooden Frock, A Matter of Life and Death and Don John (Kneehigh).

Film includes: Anna Karenina and Pan. Mike is a member of the Globe’s Creative Cabinet and looks forward to Kneehigh’s ongoing association with this exciting powerhouse of a theatre.