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Mike Willis

Mike WillisMike Willis studied theatre arts with an emphasis on acting at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. His professional acting credits include sixteen seasons of regional theatre, many of those with either the Wisconsin or South Dakota Shakespeare Festival Theatre Companies. Mike has been the recipient of numerous directing, acting, and writing awards. In 1990, he was recognized for his contribution to the arts in secondary education by the Southwest Wisconsin Educational Alliance. Mike is a nine-time winner of the Wauwatosa Village Playhouse's Annual One-Act Play Writing Competition. His Vietnam agent-orange drama, Who Said Life Was Fair, won the 1995 Wisconsin Section of the American Association of Community Theatre's AACT-FEST Play Competition and was a runner-up at the Region III level.

 
The author of over 50 plays, Mike's published works have varied from adult Vietnam war dramas to teen awareness plays and Shakespearean spoofs. His plays have been produced throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and in a number of other countries. Many of his teen-awareness plays have received awards in high school play contests.

 
Mike has worked as a high school drama director and served as the Artistic and Technical Director for Main Street Player's Theatre Company of Galena, IL. He has directed over 100 plays as well as conducted workshops on play direction, lighting and set design, and play writing. Mike and his wife Sandy split their time between their winter home in Fountain Hills, AZ and the beautiful arts community of Spring Green, WI home of Taliesen East and The American Players Theatre Co.


Plays by Mike Willis with Heuer Publishing:
ACT AND REACT
THE BRIDGE WATCHER
GARAGE SALE
GOOD SPORTS
LAST TRIP
MACBETH - SHAKESPEARE IN 30 MINUTES
MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - SHAKESPEARE IN 30 MINUTES
ORIGINAL CAST
OTHELLO - SHAKESPEARE IN 30 MINUTES
PIECES OF LIFE
RELISH
SERVICE
SILENT DANCER
TAMING OF THE SHREW - SHAKESPEARE IN 30 MINUTES
TOWN COUNCIL
WHO GETS CHARLIE?
YA WANT FRIES WITH THAT?