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Michael Hayden

Published May 24, 2015

Assistant Professor,
School of Theatre
Curriculum Vitae (CV)


A graduate of the Juilliard School of Acting, Michael has taught classical and contemporary acting in conjunction with The Acting Company in New York City as well as offering private audition and acting sessions. He has offered Shakespeare seminars at universities throughout the United States. Michael has been a steady presence on stage, television and film since winning the Theatre World and Drama League awards along with Olivier, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations for his portrayal of Billy Bigelow in the Royal National Theatre/Lincoln Center Theatre production of Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel, directed by Nicholas Hytner. His Broadway credits include aTony Award® nomination for his portrayal of the German defense attorney Oscar Rolfe opposite Maximillian Schell in the National Actor’s Theatre production of Judgment at Nuremberg; Cliff in Cabaret directed by Sam Mendez and Robert Marshall; Anthony Wilding in Enchanted April; Christian in Festen opposite Jullianna Margulies; and Prince Hal opposite Kevin Kline as Falstaff in the Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of Henry IV Parts I and II, directed by Jack O’Brien. Other New York credits include Chris in All My Sons (Drama League Award) at the Roundabout Theatre; the Lincoln Center premiers of Pete Gurney’s Far East (Drama League Award) directed by Daniel Sullivan, and Ahren’s and Flaherty’s Dessa Rose opposite LaChanze and Rachel York, directed by Graciela Daniele; Angelo in Measure for Measure in Central Park; and most recently, Sam in the acclaimed revival of Edward Albee’s Lady From Dubuque opposite Jane Alexander.

Michael’s regional credits include the title roles in Henry V and Richard III, performed in repertory, and Chance in Sweet Bird of Youth opposite Elizabeth Ashley, all three performed at the Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC; Frank in Merrily We Roll Along in the critically acclaimed Sondheim Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; and, at The Guthrie Theatre, Christy Mahon in Playboy of the Western World and Leontes in A Winter’s Tale.

He received an American Film Institute Best Actor Award for his performance as Billy in Charming Billy. Other film credits include the role of Sam in the independent film, Patient 001.

Television credits include two seasons as Chris Docnovich on the ABC series Murder One, guest appearances on NBC’s Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order CI, Hack, the PBS Great Performance Series adaptation of Far East, the mini-series Bella Mafia opposite Vanessa Redgrave, and the Fox movie Texas Tragedy.

Throughout his career Michael has studied voice with Patsy Rodenberg, Liz Smith and Robert Neff Williams as well as text work with John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. He has also had the honor of working closely with Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Tony Kushner and Steven Sondheim.


B.A. Theatre, St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota
M.F.A. Acting, Juilliard School of Acting, New York City, New York

Teaching Areas


Research Areas

Classical and Contemporary Acting

Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

  • Theatre World Award for Acting (Billy Bigelow), Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel, Royal National Theatre/Lincoln Center Theatre
  • Drama League Award for Acting (Billy Bigelow), Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel, Royal National Theatre/Lincoln Center Theatre
  • American Film Institute Best Actor Award (Billy),Charming Billy
  • Olivier, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Nominations for Acting (Billy Bigelow), Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel, Royal National Theatre/Lincoln Center Theatre
  • Tony Award Nomination for Acting (Oscar Rolfe),Judgment at Nuremberg, National Actor’s Theatre