The Skinny on... Michael Burns!

Mopco cast member since 1995


What was your favorite toy as a child?

A crow hand puppet and a large, red, stuffed dragon. 

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

Tara Kitchen. 

How do you prepare before Mopco performances?

For our underground shows, I haul a bunch of platforms out of a stairwell and set them up as a stage. Gets the blood pumping! 


How do you prepare to teach Mopco classes?

I actually spend a lot of time thinking about class curriculum... I think, write lists, do all sorts of prep. Then I wing it. 

Would you rather travel to the moon or the bottom of the sea?

The moon. I have no idea why.

What’s the best advice you ever got?

“That's a live 220 line. You shouldn't pick it up."

Are you involved in any charitable work you’d like to tell people about?

We try to help a few charities every season. Last season, the people we interviewed for Real Life picked their favorite charities, and we were able to send checks to those. 

What’s your motto?


And in answer to a question that shall remain forever classified… In the box that is marked, "fragile, Christmas decorations."