Colby Michaud

2016 40 Under 40 Honoree

Creative Geniuses

President & CCO

Praxis Motion Pictures formerly Praxis Production Studios


Colby co-founded Praxis Production Studios in 2010 with then-partner, Chad Sylvester. The original vision for the company was to start a real estate reality TV series, however, the two partners soon realized that they could use their love of video production to promote the many different opportunities and services the L/A community has to offer. Last year, Colby assumed full ownership of Praxis and Chad moved on to pursue a new business endeavor. Today, the Studio “exists to help companies promote themselves by giving life to their stories and brands through high quality corporate and promotional videos.” Beyond the pride and joy he takes in running his own company, Colby enjoys the meaningful relationships his work has enabled him to forge as well as the satisfaction of his clients when he delivers a video that successfully captures the stories and emotions that bring their own companies to life.

Born at Loring Air Force Base in Northern Maine, Colby spent much of his childhood living in different places. His family’s lifestyle exposed him to various new cultural experiences as well as a few “once in a lifetime” opportunities. After his father retired from the Air Force, the family resettled in Maine to be near other relatives. As an adult, Colby chose to stay in Maine because of its people, its beautiful scenery and its diverse recreational opportunities. His favorite thing about the L/A community is its tremendous sense of community. Like the two bridges that connect our cities, Colby finds that a collective sense of pride and ownership bring the people of Lewiston and Auburn together. As a local business owner, a strong community is key in his efforts to build deep and meaningful relationships and to make positive impacts that go beyond the clients he serves directly.

In his free time, Colby enjoys writing, watching movies and composing music. He loves outdoor activities, and can be found skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating in the wintertime or visiting one of Maine’s many beautiful state parks when the weather is warm. Some of his local restaurants of choice include Davinci’s, Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli and Jasmine Café. Colby has always maintained an interest in culture and the arts and is particularly passionate about The Public Theatre in Lewiston, an organization which he feels brings truly outstanding art to our community. He proudly serves on the board of directors for the Theatre and supports its mission through marketing and aiming to bridge the gap between young professionals and professional theater here in L/A. He is also involved with the L/A community through the Young Professionals of Lewiston Auburn (YPLAA) and the LA Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

In the future, Colby sees himself creating jobs and job security for the people of L/A, promoting great local businesses and strengthening our artistic community through professional and creative video production.