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Joseph Hayward is a director of theatre and live events based in New York. His artistic home is The York Theatre Company, where he currently serves as the Associate Producing Director and

coordinator for the Developmental Reading Series. Like The York, Joseph is passionate about developing new works and rediscovering musical gems from the past. 


Most recently, he directed Julie Benko Sings Jule Styne (The York), Lullaby of Broadway: The 42nd Anniversary of 42nd Street and the Legacy of Gower Champion, an evening with Lee Roy Reams, Karin Baker and Karen Ziemba (The York), and the musical Desperate Measures (Saint Michael's Playhouse). Other credits include: And Then There Were None (St. Bart's/Moss Theatre), Remembering Jerry Herman (The York), and You Can't Take It With You (St. Bart's/Hudson Guild Theatre). Coming up: A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder at South Orange Performing Arts Center (Light Opera of NJ). 


Joseph's work began as an assistant and associate to a variety of directors and producers, including Bill Castellino, Ray Roderick, Austin Pendleton, Christian Borle, Jack Hofsiss and more. For eight years, Joseph continued to hone his craft under the guidance of these directors at theaters across the country. 


Originally from Wolverhampton in the UK, Joseph moved to

New York to study acting at The American Academy of

Dramatic Arts. He is an associate member of SDC and

a full member of SDUK. 


"Canuck Downunder,

directed by Joseph Hayward, has struck a chord with audiences around the city  – selling out at the 20th annual New York International Fringe as well as being declared as profoundly relevant to this generation by the New York Theatre Guide."

Independent ArtWorld

"Director Joseph Hayward did such a tremendous job staging this play that it is a wonder local theatre fans haven't heard his name a million times. Hayward choreographed the six performers so craftily that there was never lag time between the scenes, just one continuous emotional experience."


"I have to immediately salute director Joseph Hayward of The York for his excellent staging, setting the pace with songs, short historical videos and photos of Jule Styne. Julie’s narration carried the audience from one song to another, full of interesting little gems. It was so subtle and so effective."

Josh Ellis, Broadway Press Agent

"Directed by Joseph Hayward, Blue Surge is specific and engaging, and moves at a brisk pace which deceives the nearly-two-hour run time. "


"Through brilliant storytelling, The Vampire’s Last Bite tells a fantastical tale...Director Joseph Hayward helped Martin on his journey, navigating the five tree stump set."

Theatre in the Now

"...all under the dutiful eye of director Joseph Hayward. You can feel his touch throughout the show, tightening up individual moments..."

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