Mike was nominated to compete in the KCACTF Region 5 competition in Des Moines, Iowa! (January 22 – 28, 2017)

Hundreds of Midwest collegiate actors will compete for scholarships and an opportunity to compete nationally in New York.




A special visit to UNO by the CEO of Lionsgate Television Group (Mad Men – Orange is the new Black etc.)

Mike took the opportunity to take a photo with him and ask a very important question! “How about a future job Kevin?”



“A War of Roses”

UNO’s 2016 Theatre’s fall Shakespeare’s production

Because Mike is a Theatre major with an emphasis in directing, he directed & filmed the Promo & Trailer for UNO

Trailer Click Here – A War of Roses Trailer by Mike Burns

Promo Click Here – A War of Roses Promo by Mike Burns


Tom Todoroff Training Studio

Tom has coached, directed, produced and acted in both film and theater. He has a training conservatory in New York City.

Mike attended the intensive two day training that was held in Lincoln, NE. (October 15 & 16, 2016)


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Shakespeare’s Dog

(Sep 28/29/30 & Oct 1) plus (Oct 5,6,7 & 8)

Directed by Jack Zerbe


Mike Burns as Will (Shakespeare) & Michael Juarez as Hooker (Shakespeare’s dog)

“Shakespeare’s Dog”

By Rick Chafe, based on the novel by Leon Rooke.

Life as a farce–Living in a wild world full of unpredictable creatures—beasts, beggars, witch hunters and actors—William Shakespeare’s family must find a way to cope with their changing Elizabethan world. With four legs, a keen eye and a sharp tongue, Hooker, Shakespeare’s dog, tells the story of how the Stratford rogue became the world’s most famous playwright from a unique perspective, showing that lust, love and lives collide, and it is anyone’s guess who is top dog. The show will run September 28 – October 1 and October 5 – 8, 2016.

Shakespear Will

2016/2017 UNO Theatre Season Lineup

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UNO Student’s London Theatre LIVE!

May 14, 2016 – May 23, 2016


In May, ten Theatre students (including Mike) from the University of Nebraska at Omaha embarked on a two week intensive study of London culture


Mike shares his London experience with the KVNO



“KWAIDAN” (Japanese Ghosts and Demons) Directed by Dr. Cindy Melby Phaneuf. April 13-16 and 20-23, 2016

University of Nebraska at Omaha Theatre. Mike plays Arakawa & Hagiwara both Samurai Warriors.


Above Mike plays the “Lover” and “Warrior”


The Second City IMPROV ALL-STARS from Chicago

March 9, 2016 at UNO

Second City All Stars

Greg Ott Improv Second City Improv Group

Mike sharing time with IMPROV cast member Greg Ott. Other members above from left to right – Emma Pope, Mike, John Thibodeaux & Eve Krueger.



The Broadway play was produced by Jenna Segal. She recently visited UNO to spend some time with the faculty and Theatre majors.

February 9, 2016

GIGI Jenna Segal

Jenna Segal worked for seven years at Viacom, producing shows for MTV, Nickelodeon, and VHI before producing the Broadway play GIGI. Mike conversed with Jenna on her recent visit to Omaha.


“Dracula” (click here) by Steven Dietz

September 30 – October 3 & October 7 – 10, 2015 at 7:30
Directed by D. Scott Glasser

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Mike (Shown above in rehearsal) played Johnathon Harker who killed Dracula!



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Shortly before declaring an Acting & Directing major, Mike attended an “Auditioning Boot Camp” at The Omaha Community Playhouse. He did so well that he was invited to become a member of the staged reading “TakeMeOut”.