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Joseph Hayward is a director and producer 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 How to Steal an Election at The York (the first New York revival), Radium Girls at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Liz Callaway: Their Story Goes The York, A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, Julie Benko Sings Jule Styne at The Yorkand Desperate Measures at Saint Michael's Playhouse. Other credits include: And Then There Were None at St. Bart's/Moss Theatre, Remembering Jerry Herman at The York, and You Can't Take It With You at St. Bart's/Hudson Guild Theatre. 


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



"With fond memories of the original [A Gentleman‘s Guide to Love & Murder] still vivid in my mind, I was delighted to see a cast of lively professionals deliver performances worthy of Broadway.  The cast of ten nimbly scampered through this hilarious piece with dexterity and aplomb, skillfully directed by Joseph Hayward."

Times Square Chronicles

"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

"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

"How to Steal an Election has been given a terrific production by director Joseph Hayward and a high powered cast led by Jason Graae. "


"Credit for this goes to Director Joseph Hayward, whose seamless work kept the attention of the audience where it should be throughout.  His masterful work on last year’s Spring Gala was clearly the warm-up for this year’s event—can't wait for next year’s!"

Times Square Chronicles

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

Onstage Blog

"The director has skill with drollery and an excellent sense of visual composition. A piece that might easily be played over the top arrives with just enough verisimilitude. The talent on this stage rivals much on Broadway. "

Woman Around Town

"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."


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


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