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Ten Questions: With Janet Haley

Feature April 07, 2020

FLINT, Mich.–Janet Haley is one of leading lights of the Michigan theatre commuity.

Janet Haley as Nurse Ratched in
Flint Rep’s
Cuckoo’s Nest

Janet received her MFA in Acting from The University of Texas at Austin, is Artistic Associate with Michigan Shakespeare Festival, and a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). She is also Department Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance at The University of Michigan, Flint.

Her acting credits are numerous and include: Portia in Julius Caesar (MSF); Regan in King Lear ((MSF); Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker (Flint Youth Theatre); Prospera in The Tempest (MSF). This season she appeared in Flint Repertory Theatre’s The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds in the lead role Beatrice, and in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest as Nurse Ratched. She has been nominated for several Wilde Awards and has won for her role in As You Like It (MSF) in 2017 among others.

Haley agreed to answer our Ten Questions, based on James Lipton’s tradition at The Actor’s Studio. The first eight are Lipton’s questions he would ask his actors and directors who were guests on his show, and we have *added two of our own.

What is your favorite word? Rated G? “Soul”

What is your least favorite word? Every time I say it, hear it, or read it, I feel like my nose is plugged up with a sinus infection: “Repugnant”

What turns you on? Defiant, relentless and tender beauty.

What Turns You Off? Cowardice

What sound or noise do you love? Windchimes, Nautical Bells, The click of computer buttons.

What sound or noise do you dislike? Animals in distress.

What is your favorite curse-word? FUCK. Feck is a close second. Thank you Martin McDonagh.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? In grad school I always said, “Well, if this theatre thing doesn’t pan out, I’ll just stack pears at Whole Foods.” I still secretly love the idea of being a produce display associate.

*What play would you do if you were told you had just one more play? To act in, not direct: And even though I’m not of Spanish descent? And even though I’m a bit old for it now? And even though I’ve done it before? Yerma by Federico Garcia Lorca.

*What role remains on your bucket list? —Varies! Today? Amanda in “Private Lives” by Noel Coward

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