Mike Kimmel is a film, television, stage, and commercial actor and acting coach. He is a twenty-plus year member of SAG-AFTRA with extensive experience in both the New York and Los Angeles markets. He has worked with directors Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Townsend, Craig Shapiro, and Christopher Cain among many others. TV credits include Game of Silence, Zoo, Treme, In Plain Sight, Cold Case, Breakout Kings, Memphis Beat, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He was a regular sketch comedy player on The Tonight Show, performing live on stage and in pre-taped segments with Jay Leno for eleven years. Mike has appeared in dozens of theatrical plays on both coasts, including Radio City Music Hall, Equity Library Theater, Stella Adler Theater, and Theater at the Improv. He trained with Michael Shurtleff, William Hickey, Ralph Marrero, Gloria Maddox, Harold Sylvester, Wendy Davis, Amy Hunter, Bob Collier, and Stuart Robinson. He has a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. from California State University. As an educator, he has taught at Upper Iowa University, University of New Orleans, University of Phoenix, and in the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Burbank, California public school districts. He is a two-time past president of New Orleans Toastmasters, the public speaking organization, and often serves as a speech contest judge. Mike has written and collaborated on numerous scripts for stage and screen. His full-length historical drama on Presidents Lincoln and Garfield was a 2013 semi-finalist in the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. He is the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from Upper Iowa University.
"...a valuable tool to help young kids get started if they have
the inclination and also help them find something else if they
decide acting is not the right path for them. Some kids like to try
acting for a short time, and then lose interest after a few months.
This makes the book a valuable tool for parents as well in hel[ping
identify early on whether their child may want to go further in the
acting business. It could save parents thousands of dollars in
classes and pictures if their child just doesn't enjoy the process
of memorizing lines and rehearsing scenes."
- Casting Networks "The material is clean and family-friendly, encouraging better connection and understanding between kids, parents and grandparents. Many scenes include life lessons and ethical questions for young people to consider. The intention is to provide a strong, easy-to-use alternative to the available scene material for youth, much of which is negative, sarcastic, and mean-spirited."
- Astro's Adventures Book Club