Clare Arena Haden as Artemisia Gentileschi

Local actor Clare Arena Haden portrays Artemisia Gentileschi in "Artemisia," which runs in Overture Center's Playhouse through April 30.

There was a point, deep into the pandemic, when Clare Arena Haden thought her career as a professional actor had reached its end.

“I've lost all my acting work and I've lost all my gigs, and I was without a job,” recalls Haden, a veteran actor and teacher perhaps best known to Madison audiences for her roles in Forward Theater Co.’s productions of "Silent Sky” and “Mary Jane.”