Dean, School of Communication & the Arts
- Ph.D. in Communication, Regent University
- M.F.A. in Theatre, Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory of Actor Training
- B.F.A. in Theatre, University of California at Santa Barbara
- Spearheaded the development and approval of Liberty University’s first BFA and MFA programs
- Professional producer, director, and combat choreographer for more than 100 productions
- Primary supervisor for the renovation and relocation of the School of Communication & the Arts facilities, including new television studios, art classrooms, studios, and galleries, a black box theater, rehearsal and dance studios, and computer labs for graphic design, video, and audio editing
Dean Hayes has been teaching and administering online and residential university arts programs for more than two decades, during which he has worked at six universities in the United States and England. In addition to being Dean of the School of Communication & the Arts, Dr. Hayes is a professor and director for the Department of Theatre Arts, teaching courses in the Meisner approach and career preparation.
- Theatrical (AEA) credits include “The Nerd,” “Blood Brothers,” “The Mousetrap,” “My Way-A Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” “The Will Rogers Follies,” “Misalliance,” “The Gifts of the Magi,” and “The Little Prince”
- Film/television (SAG) credits include “Superbook,” “The Pallbearer,” “Hidden Fears,” “Law and Order,” and “Central Park West.”
- Directed the Virginia premiere of “Peter and the Starcatcher” for Alluvion Theatre Company
- Dr. Hayes’ small-cast Shakespeare adaptations have been produced around the United States.
- Serves on the editorial board for “Southern Theatre,” the magazine for the Southeastern Theatre Conference.
- Editor of two books on the Victorian musician Arthur Sullivan: “Uncle Arthur: The California Connection” (2011) and “Your Affectionate A: Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Letters to His Family” (2015)
- Member of Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild, the professional unions for stage and screen actors
- Recipient of the Best Short Drama award in the Christians in Theatre Arts national competition
- Award-winning playwright and adaptor: “Steinbeck’s Return to Pacific Grove,” “Searching for His Heart,” “His Eyes of Love,” “Redeeming Love,” and “The Joseph Secret”
- Multiple merit awards for excellence in directing from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, including a national Distinguished Production of a New Work for “Bloodroot: Ballad of Clinch Mountain.”
- Religion and Theatre Chair, Southeastern Theatre Conference