Amy Hayes has been performing for live audiences since she was a young child, singing on radio jingles, and recording in the studio.
She studied acting at Interlochen Center for the Arts, received her B.A. in Theatre and English from Vanderbilt University, and her MFA in Acting from the University of Nebraska. She continues to study at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.
She has acted all over the country in such roles as Lady Macbeth, Toinette in Moliere’s Imaginary Invalid, Lucia in A Shayna Maidel, Maria and Olivia in Twelfth Night, Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, and Maria in The Sound of Music, Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Cecily in The Importance of Being Ernest, Mrs. Erlene in Lady Windermere’s Fan, and Veronica in God of Carnage (Nebraska Rep), as well as a one-woman show called Atomic Pomegranate.
She directed Romeo and Juliet (for Y2K and ACO Players); Midsummer Night’s Dream (for Putnam County Playhouse); Romulus Linney’s Sand Mountain (Wagon Train Productions in Lincoln, NE), Twelfth Nightfor IndyShakes at Indyfringe, , and Art which she created for Indyfringe Festival. She directed Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia at DePauw and Impressionism for Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project.
Film credits include Mrs. Samuelson (with Rae Dawn Chong) in The Celebrant (2013) and Dr. Stolarz (with Marc Menchaca and Jon Huertas) in Reparation (2014).
Indianapolis audiences have seen Amy as Gretchen in the Midwest Premier of Chris White’s Rhythms at The Phoenix Theatre, Jasmine in the premier of Chris White’s Thaw at Indyfringe, Hermione in The Winter’s Tale for IndyShakes, in No Exit Performance Group’s Middletown, Gertrude in Acting Up Production’s Hamlet, and Mama in Wisdom Tooth’s Distracted, and Mistress Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor for IndyShakes.
Amy has recorded two music CD’s (Some Things Never Change and Hidden Graces) both for Spring House. Her book A Collection of Wednesdays was published in 2010 by Zondervan Press (Harper Collins).
She taught acting and theatre courses at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and was the founding director of The Fall Festival of Shakespeare at DePauw, a program which brings Shakespeare alive to Putnam County teenagers through their performance of his plays. She served as Artistic Director for Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project for two years.