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Hayley Lawson-Smith


Hayley holds a Masters of Writing for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts, and was the 2019 playwright in residence at the Historic Billilla Mansion, Brighton, during which time she conducted playwriting workshops with local young theatre-makers and the University of the Third Age. She has completed an internship with Ranters Theatre Company and Creative VaQi Theatre, and residencies with Access to Arts / Arts Access Australia. Hayley has performed at various community and independent theatre companies, and has had plays produced at the Butterfly Club, Baggage Productions and Gasworks Arts Park. Her plays are published by and

In 2013, Hayley co-founded Dramatic Pause Theatre Company, and through them have taken her one act plays to various festivals, where she’s received many Best New Australian Play Awards.

In 2017 and 2018 she was a participant in Melbourne Theatre Company’s and Frankston Arts Centre’s NEON Hatch Masterclass and Stage 2 Programs.

Hayley will be attending the UNESCO Short Play Festival at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand, where excerpts of two of her full-length plays The Tom and Fly will be given dramaturgical workshops and staged performances.

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