_Michael Stewart Allen, a 1995 UNC alumnus, is a cast member of the Broadway hit and Tony Award-winning play “War Horse,” which opened at Durham Performing Arts Center Tuesday.
Staff writer Madeline Hurley spoke with Allen about his time at UNC, his life in New York and “War Horse.”_
Daily Tar Heel: Did you always plan to pursue acting?
Michael Stewart Allen: I was always interested in acting. … I thought I wasn’t going to do it when I got to college.
There was a thing back then — I don’t know if it still exists — called The LAB! Theatre. I got into a show there my first week I got to school.
And also seeing shows at PlayMakers, I just really realized that I could do this as a profession as well.
Time: 7:30 p.m. today and Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday
Location: Durham Performing Arts Center
DTH: What did you do after graduation?
MSA: I did teach high school for one year. Once I wasn’t satisfied with that, I packed up everything I owned, put it in a U-Haul van and moved to New York City.
I gave myself two years to see if I could make it, and I’ve been there 17 (years) now.