SARAH HUNT: Academy Director

Sarah Hunt: Academy Director

Hello. I began HAYA back in 2010. The aim was to provide Drama School standard training for young people on a weekly basis. I was confused and perturbed by the saturation in youth theatre of musical theatre style training exclusively. Although this is what many young people enjoy, it is not a direct representation of the industry with musical theatre occupying only one part.

I wanted to provide the type of training I had been fortunate enough to receive at drama school and represent the industry truthfully with its magnificent multitude of different styles and disciplines. From Shakespeare to Physical theatre, Stage Combat to Acting for Screen and many other skills between we aim to cover a variety of areas of performance drawing on the expertise of industry professionals as guest mentors.

As a working actor and director I am still learning and developing with each job or workshop I am involved in, our education is never complete and we constantly grow and evolve. I love nothing more than passing this on to the next generation and seeing them excel.

The HAYA agency provides an opportunity for the young actors to experience the industry whilst having the support of the Academy for both training and emotional support.

Many HAYA actors have gained places at top Drama Schools and are enjoying careers in the industry both in front and behind the scenes.

I am immensely proud of the young actors at HAYA! Whether they go on to have a career within the industry or in other areas, my hope and aim is that they carry with them the skills that HAYA provides.

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

Sarah Hunt grew up in Camberley, Surrey and began performing at a young age. She began working professionally in her teens before taking the academic route gaining a degree from The University of Reading in Film and Theatre. Here she learnt how to create theatre and direct, working with some great minds in theatre academia. Following her degree she auditioned for Drama School to begin her training as an actor and was given a place at the prestigious Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in South Kensington London.

Since graduating she has worked consistently and extensively as an actor, director, theatre practitioner and educator.

Her professional theatre credits as an actor include Cora Pearl in La Fille a La Mode at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and The National Theatre for Dante or Die. We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea (tour) for Eastern Angels. Lady Macbeth in M at The Jerwood Theatre, Sissy in Latitude at the Latitude Festival and Woman in Cleansed at the Edinburgh Festival, Corey in The Gate Escape and Yerma for Horseshoe Theatre Company and Savannah in Savannah Bay directed by Lib Taylor at the Bob Kayley Studio. In 2012 Sarah became a founder member of "Prams in the Hall", a theatre company for artists who are also mothers. She performed in their debut production "Medea Pastiche" at the Gatehouse theatre.

Film and Television credits include: Across the Line (BBC), Blood Meridian (BBC / Red Bee Media) and Oh Happy Day (Ian Poitier / Firebrand Films).