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About Janys Hayes

Janys Hayes completed her PhD at the University of Western Sydney. Her thesis, 'The knowing body: Meaning and method in Yat Malmgren's actor training technique' is recognised as a pioneer study on the internationally taught actor training technique initiated by Malmgren and known as Character Analysis. She trained as an actor with Yat Malmgren at Drama Centre London and has trained actors in Melbourne, Sydney and Wollongong, using Malmgren's method. She retains close links with Drama Centre London as a member of the Yat Malmgren research group.
Her research interlinks her initial studies in Zoology at the University of Melbourne with an understanding of performed human action. Using phenomenology as a research methodology she has presented at numerous national and international conferences on embodiment and agency in performance.
She is a theatre director, actor and teacher of acting. She has attracted grants both from the Australia Council and the NSW Ministry for the Arts for her performance work as both a director and performer in Wollongong.
Janys has directed numerous productions for the Faculty of Creative Arts Wollongong. She is particularly interested in the representation of women on stage. Janys has directed works by Aphra Behn, Elizabeth Coleman, Alma de Groen, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Hewett, Tobsha Learner, Hannie Rayson, as well as local female playwrights, Vanessa Badham, Delia Fetter, & Wendy Richardson for the Faculty. She has performed with Theatre South, Hunter Valley Theatre Co., Melbourne Theatre Co., Freewheels & Salamanca Theatre Co.


Present Lecturer, Performance & Theatre, University of Wollongong

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Performances (8)

Theatre Direction (2)

Books (1)

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Conference Publications (1)

Conference Presentations (5)