Mike Francis (MS, Ohio University, Interdisciplinary Studies, MA, Ohio University, Physics, BS Ed, Fitchburg State College, Physics) has been bringing Astronomy to schools, libraries and museums throughout New England and across the country for over thirty years. After ten years as a lecturer, photographer and writer at the Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston’s Museum of Science, he branched out on his own with his Galileo Galilei the Starry Messenger, The Stargazer’s Apprentice and Night Skies programs.
By combining science and theatre, Mike has been able to reach audiences who previously had no interest in the wonders of our Universe. He has performed at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Carnegie Science Center, the Franklin Institute, the National Air and Space Museum, astronomical conventions and numerous events during the International Year of Astronomy, a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of the telescope.
Mike is also a professional actor on stage, screen and television and a member of the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Actors Equity Association. As an actor educator he belongs to the International Museum Theatre Alliance, the International Planetarium Society, the Mid Atlantic Planetarium Society and SoloTogether (the organization of New England historical performers).