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Laura Hayes

Programme Leader

Senior Lecturer

Theatre

Qualification

Special Qualification in Movement and Physical Theatre (Masters equiv.),
École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris, France


Bachelor in Classical Acting,
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, UK

(now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

ATCL Associate in Teaching Speech & Drama, Trinity College

Biography

Laura has taught extensively for companies which include the Royal Shakespeare Company, Touchstone Shakespeare Theatre, Polka Theatre, Dundee College and Oxbridge Programs.

She received an Entente Cordiale Scholarship and the Daebliz Award to study at Lecoq. She was also awarded the Percival Steeds Prize at RCS.

Laura's acting experience began at the National Youth Theatre and her professional experience includes work at the Tron Theatre, the Arts Theatre in London's West End, the Polka Theatre, Southwold Rep, Eye Theatre, and for Rumpus and Dreamthinkspeak.

Her theatre company performed at the Edinburgh Festival and in London where it played to sold-out houses and received excellent reviews:

“This company is slick, fast and talented” by The Scotsman; “Female of the species...is...a sexy physical theatre piece in the style of Frantic Assembly, a bittersweet comedy reminiscent of Anthony Minghella” and “This life-style twentysomething drama... This is engaging stuff” by Time Out.

As casting assistant for one of the UK's top comedy casting directors, Laura has worked with Oscar-nominated directors, Peter Cattaneo and Armando Lannucci among others.

Since moving to Singapore in 2011, she has focused on writing and is currently working on her third full length play.

Laura took part in the round table discussion ‘Re-benchmark Research in Arts Practise & Arts Education’ at NAFA’s Teaching and Learning Conference in 2014. Her paper, ‘Teaching Lecoq’s 20 movements in Singapore today. Is there still a value in teaching movement sequences in the 21st century?’ is due to be published in the ATEC 2014 collection.