Teaching Artist Statement
The transformational power of theater drives me to share it with whomever I can. I have seen transformations take place, in shy young children who become more comfortable speaking up; in insecure older children who may find that this is something they're good at; in marginalized children who finally find a place they fit in. Such is the power of theater, and that is why I choose to share it, particularly, with young children singing along with a song, art has a way of quietly taking hold and going to work.
Hayley holds a Master of Education in Community Arts degree, with a specialization in Theatre Studies, from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hayley's interest in Community Arts Education began with her summer internship with the Greylock Theatre Project at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. It continued with her work, while a student at Gettysburg College, as a Teaching Assistant in a First Year Seminar that borrowed from the Greylock model. During her semester abroad, Hayley also completed an internship at the Theatre Royal Bath in England, working in their children's theatre called the egg. Since joining SSC's Drama Department during the summer of 2015, Hayley has taught in the summer and school-year Curtain Going Up program.
An actress since the age of five (Gretl in The Sound of Music), Hayley has performed consistently in plays and musicals in both school and local productions. Having graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor's degree in Theatre and a minor in music, Hayley has performed with various local theatres, including The Company Theatre in Norwell. Hayley is also a soloist at Second Parish Church in Hingham and St. Anne's by the Sea in Marshfield.