100 Creatives 2012: Philip Hays, Actor & Chameleon
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.
Philip Hays in character.
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."
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