Two CSB/SJU graduates who have worked in theater all their lives, Michael Hayden '87 and Carla Noack '89, are performing in two different productions at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis this winter. As the Guthrie is dark on Mondays, they have agreed to do a presentation about life in theater for the CSB/ SJU community on Monday, March 7, in the Gorecki Family Theater at the Benedicta Arts Center at 7 p.m.
Michael Hayden graduated from SJU in 1987, earned an MFA at Julliard, and has acted in theaters in New York, London, and Washington D.C. as well as in films, television and regional theaters such as the Guthrie. Until recently his best-known role was Billy Bigelow in both New York and London productions of Carousel. A previous nominee for Tony and Olivier Awards, Michael received national acclaim in 2010 for playing the title roles of Richard II and Henry V in the same repertory season, sometimes on the same day, at Washington D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre Company. Since then he has acted in an independent film, Patient 001, and is now playing yet another of Shakespeare's kings, Leontes, in The Winter's Tale at the Guthrie.
Carla Noack graduated from CSB in 1989 and earned an MFA at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She recently completed her fourth year as a member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival acting company, where she played such roles as Rosalind in As You Like It, Katherine in Taming of the Shrew and the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. For ten years she was a co-artistic director of the Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro, MN, where her favorite roles included Josie in A Moon for the Misbegotten, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, and Lena Szczepanowska in Misalliance. She has worked with Minneapolis-based companies Ten Thousand Things and Theatre Latte Da, most notably as the Nurse in The Death of Bessie Smith, and currently as Lily in Song of Extinction in the Guthrie's Dowling Studio. Carla is an assistant professor of acting in the MFA program at UMKC.
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