Hayden is a performer and contemporary performance maker, working across a range of forms including theatre, installation, immersive experiences, site-specific performance and cross art-form collaborations. He has worked as an Actor, Director, Writer, Producer and Workshop Facilitator.
Hayden co-founded Shock Therapy Productions in 2015 and they since have staged original and existing works at various venues and festivals nationally and internationally. The company has been awarded the Matilda Award for Best Independent Production for three consecutive years for The Pillowman in 2015, Viral in 2016 and The Forwards in 2017.
Hayden is Co-Writer and Co-Director of Viral, which is published by Playlab and was also nominated for Best New Australian Work at the 2016 Matilda Awards. Viral had its premiere season at The Arts Centre Gold Coast and is programmed for a 2018 season at NORPA. A scaled down version of the show has toured throughout Queensland Secondary Schools. Hayden also performs in the show alongside Sam Foster. The rights to Viral have since been purchased by Oslo based company Akershus Teater. Hayden and Sam will be travelling to Norway in 2019 to direct the production, which will then tour the region extensively.
In 2017 Shock Therapy were Company In Residence at 2970 – The Boiling Point, a three day forum on arts, innovation and ideas curated by David Pledger, founder of not yet it’s difficult (NYID). For the event, Hayden and Sam collaborated with Sipat Lawin Ensemble (Philippines) on Gobyerno.
In 2016, Hayden was cast as the Shakespearean villain ‘Don John’ in the Queensland Theatre production of Much Ado About Nothing. The same year, Shock Therapy directed the Youth Theatre Project at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, directing a production of Flood, by Chris Isaacs.
Hayden also Co-Wrote and Co-Directed The Magic Garden, a site-specific promenade performance commissioned by Bleach Festival. Shock Therapy have since adapted the work into a school touring stage show for Primary Schools. Hayden also wrote Thicker Than Water, which the company will produce as a new work in 2018.
Hayden is Co-Writing, Co-Directing, Co-Producing and performing in Welcome to Sameville, a large scale immersive outdoor work by Shock Therapy Productions, which will have its World Premiere at Festival 2018, during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Hayden has worked for other companies, venues and festivals such as Zeal Theatre (The Stones, The Apology, The Forwards), Jack Morton Worldwide (Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games), Godsbanen (Locked In, Denmark), Winterlysfestivalen (Locked In, Norway), Erth Visual and Physical inc. (Fish Out of Water), Not Yet It’s Difficult (Hotelling – Down the Rabbit Hole, Hotelling - Hightower), Urban Theatre Projects (Home Country), CIRCA and the Bell Shakespeare Company (The Tempest – creative development), The Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, As You Like it, The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, Timon of Athens, Taming of the Shrew, A Comedy of Errors, Two Gentleman of Verona, Walking Shadow, Complete Works, Livid, I Am Macbeth, Heartfail, Sunburn), pvi collective (Resist), Brainstorm Productions (Cheap Thrills, Sticks and Stones), Queensland Arts Council (Fair Play), The Arts Centre Gold Coast (The Zoo Story), Seeing Place Productions (Time Capsule, Plunge), Showtime FMX (Freestyle Motocross Announcer), Anywhere Festival, Varsity Winterfest, The Young Company, and more.
Hayden has an extensive background working in Youth Theatre and Theatre in Education, writing and directing shows for youth. He has toured schools nation-wide including remote communities, performing and teaching workshops on a range of theatrical styles with students of all ages. Hayden is a graduate of Griffith University where he studied Theatre and Writing.