Mika Laulainen theatre creator

Mika Laulainen




  • University of Victoria, BFA Theatre, Specialization in Directing (2012)

Programs & Intensives

  • Directors Lab North (Upcoming 2018)
  • Directors Lab West (Upcoming 2018)
  • Women’s Directing Intensive, The Banff Centre/Citadel Theatre, Carey Perloff (2018)
  • Mask and Clown Intensive (Baby Clown), Axis Theatre/Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance, John Turner (2017)
  • The Ensemble Director: Creating Original Theater, Movement Theater Studio NYC, Emmanuelle Delpech (2014)
  • Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive, The Banff Centre/Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Peter Balkwill (2014)

Short Courses & Workshops

  • Creation, Producing, and Video Design & Projection (3 short courses), Electric Company Theatre, Kim Collier (2018)
  • Expressive Mask, Axis Theatre, Chris McGregor and Frank Rader (2017)
  • Choreography and Composition for Non-Dancers, Gold Saucer Studio, Emmalena Fredriksson (2017)
  • Voice Masterclass, Ensemble Theatre Company, Erin Ormond (2015)
  • Shakespeare Masterclass, Ensemble Theatre Company, Rodney Cottier (2015)

Professional Experience

Long Term Professional Positions

  • Artistic Producer, star star theatre (2013-present)
  • Artistic Associate, Axis Theatre Company (2016-2017)
  • Box Office Associate, The Cultch (2012-present)

Select Directing Credits

  • Precious Little (Upcoming), The Cultch, Dramatic Works Series, Vancouver BC (2018)
  • The Angel Over East Van (Upcoming), Regina & Saskatoon Fringe Festivals (2018)
  • Orbituary, London Fringe Festival, London ON (2017)
  • Kolejka, The Cultch, rEvolver Festival, Vancouver BC (2016)
  • Pornography, The Cultch, Dramatic Works Series, Vancouver BC (2015)
  • Another Shot, SHIFT 1-Act Festival, Vancouver BC (2015)
  • A-Grade, Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret & Gabriola Theatre Festival, star star theatre, Vancouver BC (2015)
  • SMACKDOWN 24 hr musical, Awkward Stage Productions, Vancouver BC (2015)
  • Wild Society (New Work), BiKE RiDE 2014, Theatre SKAM, Victoria BC (2014)
  • 7 Stories, UBC Med Play, Vancouver BC (2014)
  • Sea of Green, rEvolver Festival, Upintheair Theatre, Vancouver BC (2013)
  • Runaway, Intrepid Theatre YOU Show, Intrepid Theatre, Victoria BC (2013) and SKAMpede (previously Bike Ride) 2012, Theatre SKAM, Victoria BC (2012)
  • My Aim Is True: a musical drama, Victoria Fringe & Vancouver Fringe Festivals, (2012)
  • The Romantics (New Work), IGNITE! Youth Driven Arts Festival at The Cultch, Vancouver BC (2012)
  • If Love is Free (New Work), UVic Theatre Dept (2012)
  • Charlotte’s Web (and other plays), Co-Director alongside R. Edmundson, IslandLink Library Federation Travelling Puppet Show, Victoria BC (2011)

Select Assistant Directing Credits

  • Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish, Assisting Chris McGregor, Axis Theatre, Vancouver BC (2017)
  • Frost/Nixon, Assisting Ian Farthing, Ensemble Theatre Company, Vancouver BC (2015)
  • Small Parts, Assisting Marisa Smith, Solo Collective, Vancouver BC (2014)
  • The Farnsworth Invention, Assisting Matthew Bissett, Ensemble Theatre Company, Vancouver BC (2013)
  • The Music Man, Assisting Sarah Rodgers, Theatre Under The Stars, Vancouver BC (2012)
  • The Marowitz Hamlet, Assisting Charles Marowitz and Fran Gebhard, Phoenix Theatre, Victoria BC (2012)

As Playwright

  • WILD/SOCIETY, Produced by star star theatre, CAFF Cross-Canada tour, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Victoria, Vancouver Fringe Festivals (2016)
  • Runaway Commissioned by Theatre SKAM, Premiere Victoria BC (2015)
  • This Might Feel Like Home (Verbatim Theatre) Commissioned by Mount Pleasant NSGP 2013, Vancouver, BC (2013)

Puppetry & Performance

  • Beaver Dreams/La Fièvre du Castor, Role: Beaver, Puppeteer, Lost & Found Puppet Co., CAFF Tour (2017)
  • Sticks + Bones, Role: Styx, Puppeteer, star star theatre, CAFF Tour (2017)
  • WILD/SOCIETY, Role: Raccoon, Penguin, star star theatre, CAFF Tour (2016)
  • Somebody Loves You, Mr Hatch, Role: Puppeteer, Axis Theatre, Vancouver BC (2016)
  • Sticks & Stones, Role: Puppeteer, The Only Animal, Roberts Creek BC (2016)
  • The Children’s Hour, Role: Catherine, Ensemble Theatre Company, Vancouver BC (2015)
  • School for Scandal, Role: Maria, United Players, Vancouver BC (2014)
  • Runaway (Workshop Production), Role: Sam, Theatre SKAM, Victoria BC (2014)
  • Paper Dreams (Workshop Production), Puppeteer, star star theatre, Victoria & Vancouver BC (2014)
  • Humantown Episodes (Comedy Sketch Films), Role: Various, Humantown, Vancouver BC (2014)
  • This Might Feel Like Home, Role: Tess, NSGP 2013, Vancouver, BC (2013)
  • Where have all the lightning bugs gone? Role: Girl, Victoria Fringe & SHIFT 1-Act Festival at The Cultch, Victoria BC & Vancouver BC (2013)


  • Jessie Award Nominee 2017 for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance – TYA Category (Somebody Loves You, Mr Hatch, Axis Theatre)

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