(Bio as of March 2016)
Halena Kays returns to Goodman Theatre, where she previously directed The Magic Play at the 2014 New Stages Festival. Ms. Kays is the former artistic director of The Hypocrites theater company and co-founder and former artistic director of Barrel of Monkeys. Chicago credits include Endgame, Ivywild and Six Characters in Search of an Author at The Hypocrites; Lord of the Flies at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Burning Bluebeard, Pop/Waits, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Daredevils, Daredevils Hamlet and Fake Lake at The Neo-Futurists (where she is an artistic associate); Roustabout at Concordia College and Buried in Bughouse Square at The University of Chicago. She has received Jeff Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Best Direction. Ms. Kays also received the 3Arts Award and was named one of the top 50 “players” in Chicago theater by Newcity. She is a founding member of the artistic collaborative The Ruffians, a graduate of the University of Texas-Austin and Northwestern University, a former member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care unit and professor of directing at Middle Tennessee State University.