Actor

Mike’s unexpected beginnings as an actor began when he made his fiery début as Mercutio rather than the meek Benvolio in scenes from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at College Avenue Public School. Since then, Mike has débuted a wide variety of roles in plays and film in numerous languages and accents. Mike’s further theatre performances have built upon this early Shakespearean affair with the Bard’s Malvolio and Theseus and well as roles in plays by Sheridan and Wilde. Mike has also performed stage roles in French and German theatre, often making use of Mike’s talents as a singer and musician as well as an actor.

Film credits include Master Chang in “From Out of Town” with Steamworld Entertainment, Newspaper in “Back Once Again” with Merridian Films, and the robot Sulla in a short film adaptation of Čapek’s R.U.R. Short films in which Mike has appeared have been submitted to the Colchester Film Festival, England.

Mike swept away First Prize at the OMFA Provincial Finals 2017 in the Advanced Speech Arts category performing monologues, poetry, and prose of Browning, Austen, Shakespeare, and Walter & Learning. Mike was a founding member and served as President of Student Budget Productions from 2017-2018 at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University, a company with which he performed many theatrical roles including newly composed incidental songs which he premiered for performances of Sheridan’s “School for Scandal”. Mike has also performed Palestrina as incidental music for a production of the anonymous medieval play “Everyman” presented with Laurier Historical Theatre and the Society for the Archaeology of Ancient Music.

Besides his fluent English, Mandarin Chinese, French, Italian, and German, Mike’s accent specialties include Asian, Russian, and Spanish (European and New World). Mike has completed Speech Arts and Drama (SAAD) training with the Royal Conservatory of Music at the Grade 10 Level, including completed examinations in History & Literature 1 & 2 and Technical Theory 2.

Mike is currently completing his third ARCT (Associate Diploma) with the Royal Conservatory in Speech Arts and Drama. Mike is also available for dramatic coaching and speech arts and speech arts RCM theory lessons.

Awards:

Ontario Federation of Music Festivals: Provincial Finalist - National Qualifying Voice Class (2018)

William Thomson Scholarship (2018)

Ontario Federation of Music Festivals: 1st Place, Provincial Finalist - Advanced Speech Arts (2018)

College Avenue Public School Scholarship (2010)

Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph Scholarship: Speech Arts (2017)

Engaged By:

  • Kultrún World Music Festival
  • NUMUS
  • Memory Tree Productions
  • Toronto Vocal Studio
  • Merridian Films
  • SteamWorld Entertainment
  • Opera Laurier
  • Halifax Summer Opera
  • Opera NUOVA
  • Society for the Archaeology of Ancient Music
  • Vera Causa Opera
  • Student Budget Productions

Photo: Kaela Bosch

Mike Fan as Malvolio in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" with Student Budget Productions.

Education:

• ARCT, Speech Arts Performance (Royal Conservatory of Music, 2020)

• HBMus, Honours Music: Voice Performance, Italian & German double minor (Sir Wilfrid Laurier University, 2019)

• ARCT, Voice Performance (Royal Conservatory of Music, 2015)

• OSSD, Ontario Scholar (Centennial Collegiate and Vocational Institute, 2010)