Esther Marie Hayes graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2006 with a BA of Dramatic Art and was awarded the Orloff Family Charitable trust scholarship that year.
Esther has recently designed costumes for North by Northwest (MTC and Kay + McLean Productions), Scare Campaign, the up-coming horror film from writers and directors Colin and Cameron Cairnes and the stage production of Mother and Son (McLaren House). For MTC, Esther has previously designed the costumes for The Beast, Other Desert Cities, The Heretic, Hamlet, All About My Mother, Richard III and Rockabye. Other costume credits include Nixon in China, Midnight Son, and The Baroque Triple Bill for the Victorian Opera and Delectable Shelter for the Hayloft Project, for which she was nominated for a Green Room Award.
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).