Carla Noack, M.F.A
Carla Noack has been a professional performing artist and teacher for nearly 20 years, and is currently a Professor of Acting in the M.F.A. program at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She recently enjoyed her fourth year as member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival acting company, where recent roles include 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 favorite roles include Josie in A Moon for the Misbegotten, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Grace in Bus Stop, Smeraldina in Servant of Two Masters and Lena Szczepanowska in Misalliance. She has also worked regularly with Minneapolis-based companies Ten Thousand Things and Theatre Latte Da. Most recently, she played Helen in Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s production of The Borderland, Queen Elizabeth in the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s production of Richard III, and a whistling, drumming, Irish ping-pong champ named Josie Horgan in “Boom! An International Lost and Found Family Marching Band”, created by her colleague, Stephanie Roberts. Carla earned her MFA from UMKC in 1992, and first came back to Kansas City in 1997 to play "C" in Kansas City Repertory Theatre's acclaimed production of Three Tall Women.