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Ray Donovan and True Detective Actress Michael Hyatt Gives Public Lecture in Kingston

Michael Hyatt in Night Crawler

Actress Michael Hyatt has steadily built an enviable career stretching from the stage to television and through to the silver screen. Her diverse career is burgeoning with recurring roles on some of television’s most respected police procedurals. Indeed, Hyatt is currently doing double duty with roles in Showtime’s Ray Donovan and HBO’s True Detective. The respected actress is gearing up to share her experiences and insight into the challenges of working in film and television at a public lecture at the Edna Manley College.

Though many Jamaicans may know her face, but not her name, we are certainly aware of her progeny. Hyatt is the daughter of the late legendary comedian, actor and broadcaster Charles Hyatt and musicologist and historian Vera Hyatt, suggesting that acting is in her blood. 

Michael HyattHyatt’s most recent turn on the silver screen was a in Night Crawler (starring Jake Gyllenhaal). Yet long before then, she was Brianna Barksdale the chilling sister we loved to hate in HBO’s The Wire. Hyatt has also had recurring roles in Franklin and Bash, Kill Point and The West Wing as well as multiple roles in Law and Order. She has also appeared in The Mindy Project, Castle, Criminal Minds, Big Bang Theory, Six Feet Under, Southland, Shameless and a slew of others. 

Hyatt, a dedicated character actress, comes armed with far more than a great theatrical heritage.  She has a BFA from Howard University and an MFA from New York University Tisch School for the Art.

In a release, Hyatt describes defining a character as a process of finding truth, and admits to constantly seeking a challenge. 

“I consider art, at its best to be a spiritual experience and artists to be vessels of that experience,” Hyatt said. “My desire is always to step out of the way (meaning my ego self) and allow Truth to be spoken.”

The lecture takes place on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 10:30 at the Dennis Scott Studio Theatre, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston. The lecture is geared at film and television practitioners but is also open to the public.