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Mika Laulainen is a freelance director based in Vancouver and on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She holds a BFA in Theatre, with a specialization in directing from the University of Victoria. She has further trained at Directors Lab North, Directors Lab West, the Women’s Directing Intensive at the Banff Centre, and in directing ensembles with Movement Theater Studios in New York. Mika is also a playwright, a puppeteer, a producer, and a creator with a focus on ensemble driven, physical work. She holds both Canadian and American citizenship and has directed across Canada and the US. Elle travaille justement en français et l’anglais.
Mika directs productions for professional companies and community groups. She directs and produces her own work under the banner of star star theatre. She was the Artistic Associate at Axis Theatre, a physical theatre company for the young and young at heart, for the 2016-2017 season. She can also be found working at The Cultch.
Mika’s first professional play, Runaway, premiered in May 2015 with Theatre SKAM. The play’s development was supported through commission by Theatre SKAM and can be found through Playwrights Guild of Canada, where she is a member. She is a professional member of UNIMA CANADA, the puppeteers’ union of Canada, and a member of Equity in Theatre.
When she is not doing theatre, Mika is often riding her bicycle. When she is not riding her bicycle, it is likely that she is drinking tea. The ocean is her favourite accessory.
Notably, Mika will be spending January-April 2019 in the sea.