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. 

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

Latest News



Carl will be filming Sanctified! Sanctified is a period western that will be filmed in the Bad Lands of North Dakota. Look for first rough screening at the Twin Cities Film Festival.



February 22nd - March 8th

Carl will be playing Peter Shaw in Theatre Pro Rata's production of Silent Sky. This site specific production will be performed in the observatory of the Bell Museum.

November 8th - January 5th, 2019

Carl is very excited to be making his debut at the Children's Theatre Company this Christmas in their production of Cinderella! 


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