Mike is a screenwriter with an overactive imagination and a knack for crafting memorable characters in stories that touch the heart. He graduated from the UCLA Professional Program in Television Writing (2015) and the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting (2017). His first feature script Tap Out, a rom-com in the not so distant future, was awarded UCLA’s Nate Wilson Joie De Vivre Award Honorable Mention, quarterfinalist in the Final Draft Big Break Competition, and Semi-Finalist in the ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship Competition.
Prior to studying at UCLA, Mike studied comedy writing and Improv at the Second City Training Center in Chicago and Los Angeles. In addition, Mike played on multiple improv house teams and was a writer behind the scenes and an actor on stage for many Denver comedy sketch revue shows and digital shorts. He also wrote late night jokes for “After Dark with Julian Clark” filmed at the Second City in Hollywood and wrote and directed the emcee scripts and digital shots for the Rocky Mountain Women in Cable Television Awards Show.
Mike’s first television Spec Script, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy is a VIP! won first place in the TV Writer Script Spectacular, third place in CineStory Digital Competition, and second rounder in the Austin Film Festival. His original comedy pilot It’s All Relative, was a quarterfinalist in the CineStory Digital Competition.
Before taking the plunge into screenwriting Mike traveled the world, lived in a ski resort, was a dishwasher, a line cook, a chef, a call center operator, a help desk technician, a CEO, a blind skier guide, a suicide prevention hotline counselor volunteer, and a board member of a non-profit helping at risk families in Denver. Mike credits these diverse experiences as the well he draws upon for his characters and stories.