Mike Ockrent's professional career was largely dedicated to directing for the theater, which he had great success doing. Ockrent was born in London and educated at Edinburgh University, obtaining a degree in physics. In the late '60s and throughout the 1970s, Ockrent spent the majority of his time working with various theater groups throughout Great Britain. It was the 1980s and 1990s that he would enjoy his greatest amount of success, and, naturally, he tried his hand at film. His first film, Dancin' Thru the Dark, played at the 1990 Venice Film Festival with some success, but his main interests seemed to be in theater and he would only work on a couple more films in various capacities. At the time of his death in late 1999, at age 53, he was working on a number of plays and musicals that were in various stages of preproduction.