Esther Marie Hayes graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2006 with a BA of Dramatic Art.
She has designed costumes for Hayfever, Macbeth, Double Indemnity, The Beast, Other Desert Cities, The Heretic, Hamlet, All About My Mother, Richard III and Rockabye (Melbourne Theatre Company); North by Northwest (MTC and Kay + McLean Productions); William Tell, Nixon in China, Midnight Son and Baroque Triple Bill (Victorian Opera); Curtains (The Production Company); Mother and Son (McLaren House); Delectable Shelter (The Hayloft Project); and Scare Campaign (Cyan Films).
As part of The Sisters Hayes, a collaborative group of sibling artists and theatre designers, Esther has co-designed set and costume for Golden Shield (Melbourne Theater Company); The Space Between (Tinderbox Productions/Art Centre Melbourne); Going Down (Sydney Theatre Company/Malthouse Theatre); Antigone, Walking into the Bigness and Blood Wedding (Malthouse Theatre); and production design for the Carnival of Mysteries (Melbourne International Arts Festival).
Esther is also one third of The Sisters Hayes, a sibling artist group working across theatre and the visual arts. Recently they provided art direction and production artwork for Malthouse Theatre’s 2015 Season, for whom they have designed set and costume for Antigone (2015), Walking into the Bigness (2014) and Blood Wedding (2012). In 2010 The Sisters Hayes were nominated for a Green Room Award for their production design of Finucane & Smith’s Carnival of Mysteries, in its premiere at the Melbourne International Arts Festival (2010).
In 2012, The Sisters Hayes were the recipients of an Arts Victoria Arts Project grant. Most recently they curated The Great Un Reveal, a collaboration with artists from Arts Project Australia. They have also held two solo visual arts exhibitions; Big Sky Country at Rae & Bennett Gallery (2012) and A Good Death, a keynote project for the Next Wave Festival : No Risk To Great (2010). The trio have been included in a number of group exhibitions including GACPS at the NGV Studio Gallery (2012), Paradise…a hell of a place at Anna Pappas Gallery (2011), Studio Apartment at C3 Gallery (2011) and Some Like it Boxed at TCBart.inc (2010).