As assistant professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, he taught acting, intro to theater, theater history, and diversity, and directed Waiting for Godot, Noises Off, andGlass Menagerie. A scholar of 19th century history and performance, he has published on Shakespeare, circus, and Huckleberry Finn. He wrote Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You've Never Heard Of, a biography / cultural history of 19C performance and politics.
Carlyon gives talks for the New York Council for the Humanities. A playwright, he co-wrote a rhymed-verse adaptation of GoldoniÂ¹s Mirandolina, and his play Polonius was chosen for a theater conference competition. He is an Equity actor, most recently playing the Gravedigger in Hamlet in NYC, and he was a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown.
He holds a BA from the University of Michigan, and a PhD from Northwestern University, fought wildfires in the West, and served as a military policeman in the Army.