Mike Lee

Senior Producer: Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, Sonic IDs

Mike is a features producer at KUT, where he’s been working since his days as an English major at the University of Texas. He produces Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, and the Sonic ID project, and also produces videos and cartoons for kut.org. When pressed to do so, he’ll write short paragraphs about himself in the third person, but usually prefers not to.

Several years ago, he featured a young dancer on his Arts Eclectic program, and she was so impressed by his interviewing skills that she up and married him. Now they enjoy traveling, following their creative whims, and spending time with their dogs.

From Generation Serve, this month's Get Involved spotlight non-profit:

Mission: To engage youth in volunteerism and empower them to make a difference in their communities.

"I [learned] about her in my undergrad here at the Univerisity of Texas," says playwright Elizabeth Doss. "I took a conquest literature class and that's where I learned about Catalina de Erauso. And from that day ... I think it must have been thirteen, fourteen years ago -- I knew I was going to write a play about this crazy, wild, derelict, Don Quixote of a woman."

The historical Catalina de Erauso was born at the end of the 16th century in Spain.

A Glam Rock 'Henry IV'

Sep 27, 2017

"Henry IV has been one of my favorite plays for years," says director Beth Burns. "I don't see it enough. It doesn't have a sexy title, and yet it's this incredible play. I think it's one of Shakespeare's best because it is so funny and so sexy and so adventure-filled and violence-filled. And it's about this great delinquent! The greatest delinquent in history."

For Burns, staging one of her favorite Shakespeare plays opened up a great opportunity to experiment a little and bring something new to a play that's over 400 years old. "I thought, 'what better opportunity to spread our wings a little bit and add this glam aesthetic to it?' It screams for it."

"This is a show that I have been wanting to produce for about 15 years," says director Olin Meadows of A Streetcar Named Desire. "I've really had a solid vision and concept for the show, and finally got to make it a reality."

"To me, this story is heartbreaking from beginning to end, but there's a lot of depth and a lot of meaning in it," Meadows continues. "And I feel like a lot of people kind of leave a lot of the 'whys' and 'hows' out."

For Meadows, diving deeper into Streetcar meant a lot of talking with his cast and crew. "For us, it was a lot of really long, serious conversations about things like alcoholism, sexual addiction, rape culture."

The literary magazine American Short Fiction has been published for over twenty-five years. In that time, it's featured works by authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Louise Erdrich; it's been nominated for national awards, and its works have been published in The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. 

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