A native of Chicago, Lynne majored in theatre performance and directing at Mac-Maurray College. Soon after graduating she moved to New York City to pursue a career as an actress. There she met Linda MacNish with whom she foundered the Mac-Haydn Theatre in 1969.
In the early years, Lynne directed and performed in numerous productions. Some acting highlights were Anna in The King and I and The Queen in Once Upon a Mattress. However, she soon turned her expertise to administration, becoming the theatre’s founding Artistic Director. When Linda Macnish passed away in 2002, Lynne took over as Producer.
Lynne remained Artistic Director and Producer of the theatre that bares her and Linda’s names until its 50th season in 2018. She made a massive impact on the Columbia County region and the theatre community.
Learn about The Lynne Haydn Memorial Fund.