Phil Hayes is a performance-maker, performer, actor, director and musician. He was born on the south coast of England, studied Creative Arts in Newcastle upon Tyne and lived and worked there between 1985 and 1995.
Based in Zurich since 1998, he creates his own performance and theatre work mainly under the label First Cut Productions including;
Waiting For Rod (2005),
The First Cut (2007),
Where Were We (2008),
Awkward Human (2011),
Legends & Rumours (2013),
Love & Happiness (2014),
Places Of Interest (2016),
These Are My Principles... (2016).
Phil also makes performance-based works in other contexts under his own name, as well as working as a freelance artist in collaborations with other artists and groups. He regularly tours internationally both with his own work and with other projects. He has also been a regular collaborator with British performance group Forced Entertainment and with choreographer Simone Aughterlony.
He has worked in projects for and with (amongst others); CAMPO, Maria Jerez, Thomas Kasebacher, Chris Kondek & Christiane Kuehl, Angela Schanelec, watzdameyer, Sachs & Suhner, Salome Schneebeli, Stadttheater Bern, Regina Wenig, Cocoloco Performance, Urbanauts, Mass & Fieber, Natural Theatre Company, Bruvvers,Thom Luz, Knarf Rellöm, Low Flying Theatre, Guz, Live Theatre Company, Jerry J. Nixon, DALA Produkte and Voodoo Rhythm Records.
Phil Is also currently active with his band Phil Hayes & The Trees, releasing two albums since 2015 on the DALA Produkte label.
In 2013 he was awarded a Werkstipendium prize by the city of Zurich for his work to date.
In 2016/17 Phil was artist - in residence at the Zhdk (Zurich University of the Arts)