Monica Hayes


Member, Commission on Accreditation
Reelected March 2018; term ends March 2021

Monica Hayes is Professor of Theatre and Head of Performance at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and a former member of Equity UK (formerly officially titled the British Actors’ Equity Association)—Foreign Entertainer’s Unit. Professor Hayes has worked professionally as an actor and director in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. In Great Britain, she worked in London’s West End (at the Comedy and Vaudeville theatres), Off West End (at the Hampstead and King’s Head theatres), and London Fringe Theatre Festival (at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden) on productions that earned a Time Out Magazine Award, a Charingdon Fringe Award, and a nomination for the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award. She has worked eight years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on productions that earned Hit List and Critic’s Choice recognition, as well as three Fringe First Awards. Three productions transferred to London and another was picked up for a tour of 28 cities in Great Britain.

Professor Hayes’s teachers have included Uta Hagen and Patrick Tucker, as well as associates of the Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, and Shakespeare & Company. She has served the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) as a production respondent, Irene Ryan Acting Competition respondent, and as a member of the regional selection committee. Professor Hayes has received the KCACTF Teaching Artist Award, the Excellence in Direction Award, and the National Partners of the American Theatre Award as outstanding coach for classical acting.

She was first elected to the Commission on Accreditation in 2015.

Professor Hayes holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Acting and Directing from Northern Illinois University.

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Updated April 2018