Imported from the frozen steppes of Siberia, Mikhail has begun making noise while attending the University of Chicago - as a dj, a musician and eventually as a sound designer. After graduating, he moved on to continue his sonic endeavors professionally, working with a slew of organizations including Fire Escape Films, Teatro Vista, Serendipity Theatre Company, The Iconoclast Project, Victory Gardens, Roadworks, Collaboraction, Northlight, The Goodman Theatre, Teatro Luna, ATC, The Vittum, The House Theatre of Chicago and many others. He became a Strawdog ensemble member in October of 2004, and has been proudly wearing his dog tag, ever since. Really - he is still wearing it. He is also a member of Teatro Vista and an Artistic Associate with Serendipity Theatre and Collaboraction. When he is not busy using super-theatre powers, he spreads his love by means of his turntables, keyboards and other devices that involve many buttons and faders - most often under the moniker "dj white russian". Most of his free time, which is mostly inexistent - he spends dreaming up movie and comic book concepts or reinventing the American Musical.