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Mike’s interest in technical theatre sprung from his father’s role as Stage Manager with the critically-acclaimed Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Edinburgh , staging annual shows at Edinburgh’s historic Edwardian-era King’s Theatre. Yearly trips to see the King’s Pantomime, featuring legends such as Stanley Baxter, Una McLean, Russell Hunter, Allan Stewart, Jimmy Logan, Rikki Fulton, Walter Carr, and Johnny Beattie, always included a backstage visit after the show to meet the cast and to see the set, props, lighting, and special effects from the other side of the curtain. All this firmly fixed Mike on a path to pursue his interest in theatre lighting design, set construction, and production management. Through his relationship with the staff at the King’s Theatre Mike met renowned UK Lighting Designer Francis Reid, and sat-in on plotting sessions for the annual pantomime.
Mike won a place on Scottish Youth Theatre’s summer school in 1990, and over the following years lit several productions for both Scottish Youth Theatre (SYT) and XSYT Productions, an offshoot of SYT producing shows with SYT alumni. This included lighting productions for actors such as Brian Cox and Blythe Duff, in addition to taking a show to Stratford-upon-Avon and working with the critically acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company .
Later in the 1990s Mike worked several times with the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) both at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Theatre, featuring the largest stage in the UK at the time, for NYMT’s flagship production “Pendragon”, filmed by the BBC. In the late 1990s Mike lit a pre-West End independent production of “Jesus, My Boy” for noted UK actor Tom Conti.
In the 2000s Mike continued to light productions for leading theatre companies in Edinburgh, and for many years was Production Manager for the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Edinburgh in addition to co-designing their sets. You can view a complete archive of all Mike’s technical theatre work at mikehume.com .
Since 2010 Mike has been based in Los Angeles as an IT professional with over 25 years experience working in Australia, the UK and Europe, and the US. He most recently served as Chief Technology Officer at KCC LLC , a division of Australia-based company Computershare , and currently advises IT startups on the US west coast. Mike earned his degree in Computer Science, with Honors, from Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University , and is recognized as a Chartered IT Professional by the British Computer Society and Engineering Council.
Mike has served as a photographer and docent with the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation (LAHTF) since 2016, and as of January 2018 is a Board Director of the LAHTF, playing an integral part in preserving and protecting Los Angeles’ historic theatres for now and for future generations.
In addition to his background in technical theatre and stage design, Mike is passionate about historic theatres and photography. You can view some of Mike’s favorite photography over on Flickr .
Mike has combined these interests by photographing historic and significant theatres across the world, both as a hobby and for the preservation record, and created this website, Historic Theatre Photos.
All images copyright © 2002-2019 Mike Hume/historictheatrephotos.com. For licensing and/or re-use contact me here.
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