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100 Creatives 2012: Philip Hays, Actor & Chameleon

Philip Hays in character.
Philip Hays in character.

If you have gone to the theater in Houston at some point this past year, you probably caught a performance by Philip Hays. A Sugar Land native, Hays graduated from the University of Houston's theater program in 2006 and has been steadily following his passion since. His bio is quite impressive; Hays has probably acted with just about every theater company in town, including but not limited to Classical Theatre Company, Main Street Theater, Horse Head, the Houston Shakespeare Festival and the Houston Grand Opera as well as the Prague Shakespeare Festival, among others.

One of Hays' defining characteristics is his ability to fully encompass his characters, and the spectrum of characters he's played runs the gamut. Hays is one of those actors who you've probably seen a hundred times and would never know it was the same guy.

What He Does: Hays is above all an actor, mostly in theater. In addition to the lengthy catalog of plays he has performed in, he has also occupied the director's chair on a few occasions. "I've also been directing at HSPVA and helped to create and perform CUT DOWN! last year with BooTown, a company I helped start." Hays tells us.

Most recently, Hays had a role in the remount of Houston Grand Opera's The Barber of Seville performed at the Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Why He Likes it: Even after many years of performing, Hays and acting are still in their honeymoon phase. "I get to play and tell stories for a living," he enthuses. "That's pretty cool."

100 Creatives 2012: Philip Hays, Actor & Chameleon

What Inspires Him: Nothing is more inspirational to Hays than a challenge. "Every time I get to perform or direct, I hope to stretch myself in some way."

Additionally, Hays is a musicphile who loves a good jam. Music is a huge source of inspiration for him.

"I love a good song, and the way music can affect you emotionally, intellectually and physically, sometimes all at once. I'm not much of a musician myself, but I have secret rock-star aspirations."

If Not This, Then What: "Oh gosh, I don't know. Probably science. Physics has always interested me. That and cryptozoology." If Not Here, Then Where: When you ask many actors where they see themselves going or where else they might want to be, L.A. and New York are fairly common responses. That's where the work is. Not for Hays; he's got his sights set on a different set of stars.

"A friend asked me recently if I were one of the first million people asked to colonize the Moon, would I go? And I kind of surprised myself when I didn't hesitate to say yes. So let's say the Moon."

More Creatives for 2012 (In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).

Patrick Palmer, painter Ana Mae Holmes, Jewelry Designer John Tyson, actor Jerry Ochoa, violinist and filmmaker Raul Gonzalez, painter, sculptor, photographer Roy Williams, DJ of medieval music Laura Burlton, photographer David Peck, fashion designer Rebecca Udden, theater director Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, vintage designer handbag dealer Paul Fredric, author John Sparagana, photographer Damon Smith, musician and visual artist Geoff Winningham, photographer Johnathon Michael Espinoza, visual artist Jaemi Blair Loeb, conductor Katya Horner, photographer Johnathan Felton, artist Nicoletta Maranos, cosplayer Carol Simmons, hair stylist Joseph "JoeP" Palmore, actor, poet Greg Carter, director Kenn McLaughlin, theater director Justin Whitney, musician Antone Pham, tattoo artist Susie Silbert, crafts Lauralee Capelo, hair designer Marisol Monasterio, flamenco dancer Carmina Bell, promoter and DJ ReShonda Tate Billingsley, writer Kiki Lucas, choreographer and director J.J. Johnston, theater director Mary Margaret Hansen, artist Richard Tallent, photographer Viswa Subbaraman, opera director Emily Sloan, sculptor and performance artist Sonja Roesch, gallery owner Enrique Carreón-Robledo, conductor Sandy Ewen, musician Camella Clements, puppeteer Wade Wilson, gallery owner Magid Salmi, photographer Carl Williams, playwright


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