ASC alum Amanda Crockett was cast as the Cat in Cat in the Hat at the Northbrook Theater, and is currently performing in the Midnight Circus' fall Circus in the Parks tour.
Michael Hayden is a Juilliard graduate and has been acting and teaching for almost 30 years. He most recently completed five years teaching in the BFA Acting program at Florida State University.
Michael is the recipient of the Theatre World and Drama League awards along with the Lawrence 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 a Tony 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 Julianna Margulies and Prince Hal opposite Kevin Kline as Falstaff in 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 directed by Graciela Daniele, Angelo in Measure for Measure in Central Park and 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 II, 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, Christy Mahon” in Playboy of the Western World, Leontes in A Winter’s Tale, both at The Guthrie Theatre. He will be making his Chicago Shakespeare Theatre debut in Red Velvet.
He received an American Film Institute Best Actor Award for his performance as Billy in Charming Billy. Other film credits and Sam in the upcoming 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.