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Michelle Hayford

Associate Professor; Director of the Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology Program

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Theatre

Contact

Email: Michelle Hayford
Phone: 937-229-3905

Profile

Michelle Hayford came to the University of Dayton in the Fall of 2014 from Florida Gulf Coast University, where she served as Theatre Program Leader and Assistant Director of the Bower School of Music, Theatre & Visual Art.

Michelle holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.  Her original creative scholarship combines her passions of creating live plays with utilizing the craft of theatre as a necessary response to community and civic engagement. 

Previous original works include Sustenance (2016) created in collaboration with the Hanley Sustainability Institute, Dog Wish (2013) commissioned by The Humane Society of the United States and Suit My Heart (2011) created in collaboration with Footsteps to the Future, a foster youth non-profit.  Michelle is proud to have worked with her colleagues to realize a new vision for the Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology Program that aligns with the mission and values of UD. 

Faculty Perspective

I came to the University of Dayton because the values of servant leadership are paramount in our mission.  We reflect this mission in our Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology program motto: Find Your Light. Develop Your Character.

Degrees

  • Ph.D. Performance Studies, Northwestern University
  • M.A. Performance Studies, Northwestern University
  • B.A. Theatre, University of California at Santa Cruz
  • B.A. Women’s Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz