Halena S. Kays

Assistant Professor

Halena S. Kays
(615) 494-7858
Room 206, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
MTSU Box 43, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

M/W 9-12

Tue 9-11

Degree Information

  • M.F.A., University of Texas, Austin (2011)
  • B.S., Northwestern University (1995)

Biography

Halena Kays is a Chicago and Nashville based theater director and performer.  Most recently the artistic director of The Hypocrites where she both performed and directed.  She is the co-founder and former artistic director of Barrel of Monkeys where she created and directed the majority of their public performances. She is a founding member of the artistic collaborative, The Ruffians, and directs their recurring hit production of Burning Bluebeard as well a...

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Halena Kays is a Chicago and Nashville based theater director and performer.  Most recently the artistic director of The Hypocrites where she both performed and directed.  She is the co-founder and former artistic director of Barrel of Monkeys where she created and directed the majority of their public performances. She is a founding member of the artistic collaborative, The Ruffians, and directs their recurring hit production of Burning Bluebeard as well as their other experiments in live performance events.  She is a UT-Austin and Northwestern grad, former member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care unit, past co-artistic curator for Theater on the Lake in Chicago and professor of directing at MTSU.  Halena is an Artistic Associate with the Neo-Futurists where she directed Pop/Waits, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Burning Bluebeard, co-created and directed Daredevils and Daredevils Hamlet and the site-specific extravaganza, Fake Lake. Other interesting Chicago directing credits include Endgame, Ivywild, Six Characters in Search of an Author at The Hypocrites; The Magic Play at The Goodman, Lord of the Flies at Steppenwolf theatre company TYA; Feast (part of a collaborative directing effort) with The Albany Park Theatre Project at The Goodman.   Halena has been nominated for a Jefferson Citation for Best Supporting Actress and Best Direction, named one of the top 50 “players” in Chicago theater by NewCity, is a recipient of the prestigious 3Arts award and received a signed letter from Mr. Rogers saying she was “special” in 1978.   She also made an awesome kid who can spin and fall down.

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