About Carl

Carl grew up in the small town of Hawley, MN where he started performing in high school plays, church skits, family productions with his Aunt Julie, and summers at Trollwood Performing Arts School. Carl attended the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point where he graduated with a BFA in Acting. Carl currently resides in Minneapolis, MN and has performed at various theaters around the city. He has also performed at multiple theaters throughout the country while on the National Tour of NOEL the Musical. When not performing Carl feeds his caffeine addiction by working at Starbucks. Carl is also an avid golfer, movie enthusiast, and is obsessed with the show Survivor. 

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Latest News

Coming this October - February Carl will be perfering the role of Robert in "The Play that Goes Wrong" at The Old Log Theatre! Click here for more info! 

Sanctified, the feature film Carl shot in the Badlands of North Dakota in May 2021, will be released in Spring 2022! Look for it at film festivals! 


Film Reel

Musical Theatre Reel

Recent Reviews




Silent Sky, Theatre Pro Rata

"Charmingly played by 

Swanson, Peter's halting

intimacy grounds

the science in humanity."

- The Star Tribune



"While it feels odd to give special praise to the only man in a cast full of women, Carl Swanson brings welcome enthusiasm to an environment

that can seem a little academic."

- Pioneer Press