Mike Petersen is a writer, director, actor, and puppeteer who has performed across Canada, throughout the U.S. and in Japan, Australia, Nigeria, Britain, Singapore and Poland with such companies as Mermaid Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Festival Antigonish, Kaleidoscope Theatre, the Edinburgh Puppet Company, Poland’s Teatr Arlekin, and Theatre Beyond Words. Film and television credits include Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, Black Harbour, Emily of New Moon, and the award-winning CBC pre-school series The Mighty Jungle. Mike created and performed in As You Puppet at Young People’s Theatre in Toronto, and also played host “Papageno” in Music & Truffles, a series of classical music concerts for children produced by Anton Kuerti. He appeared opposite Kevin Spacey in the feature film Casino Jack and acted with Dean Cain in the Hallmark Christmas special The Case for Christmas. Mike recently completed 65 episodes of Toopy & Binoo Vroom Vroom Zoom (now airing on TreeHouse), and he is a proud member of Theatre Direct’s Dora Award nominated ensemble performing in the tabletop puppet play, Old Man and the River.
In his developing role as a teacher of puppetry, Mike has worked alongside Graham Whitehead at Mermaid Theatre, Allen MacInnis at YPT, Lynda Hill at Theatre Direct, Eric Woolfe at Eldritch Theatre, Ann & David Powell at Puppetmongers Theatre, Seanna Kennedy at Lower Ossington Theatre, and Bruce Dowe, director of the Canadian premier of Thank You For Being A Friend: the ultimate Golden Girls experience.