Mike Weaver is an author and award-winning director/choreographer based in Chicago. He works widely in both conceptual and technical development with a variety of projects ranging from show choir competition programs to concerts and theatrical events. Credits include Carnival Cruise Lines, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: Marine World Africa USA, Warner Bros Publishing, Hal Leonard Publishing, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books. As a clinician, Weaver has served as adjunct faculty with several U.S. colleges and headed workshops at numerous performing arts camps, including The Master Class Intensive Series in Ontario, Canada; Show Choir Camps of America; and North Carolina Summer Institute for Choral Arts. Weaver has been an adjudicator for dozens of local, state, regional, and national competition venues, including Fame Show Choir National Championship Series and Show Choir Canada. In 2014, he was honored with an industry-awarded Aspire Lifetime Achievement presentation for his past and ongoing contributions to the field of show choir. He is co-author of the definitive and internationally acclaimed book, Sweat, Tears and Jazz Hands: The Official History of Show Choir from Vaudeville to ‘Glee’. As a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Weaver has presented workshops and joined expert panels at several national conferences. In 2016, he accepted a service role as National Repertoire and Resource Chair for Commercial and Contemporary choral music. Weaver is an alum of Millikin University School of Music (BM, piano jazz performance) and Columbia College Chicago (MFA, film directing).