Mike Pearson studied archaeology in University College, Cardiff (1968–71). He was a member of R.A.T. Theatre (1972–73) and an artistic director of Cardiff Laboratory Theatre (1973–80) and Welsh theatre company Brith Gof (1981–97). He continues to make performance as a solo artist; in collaboration with artist/designer Mike Brookes as Pearson/Brookes (1997–present); and for National Theatre Wales, with which he has directed site-specific productions of The Persians (2010) and Coriolan/us (2012) (with co-director Brookes), the latter as a contribution to the World Shakespeare Festival/London 2012. He is co-author with Michael Shanks of Theatre/Archaeology (2001) and author of In Comes I: Performance, Memory and Landscape (2006); Site-specific Performance (2010); MIckery Theater: an imperfect archaeology (2011); and Marking Time: performance, archaeology and the city (2013). He is currently Leverhulme Research Fellow and Professor of Performance Studies in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University.