Most Valuable Players

A Guide to Austin Stage Actors

Stewart McGregor and Peyton Hayslip in <i>Fruits and Vegetables</i>
Stewart McGregor and Peyton Hayslip in Fruits and Vegetables

Peyton Hayslip

On the scene since: 1999

MVP for: Onstage Theatre, Project InterAct

Recent Roles: Sally, Talley's Folly, Onstage, 2001; Gabrielle/Maud, A Name for a Ghost to Mutter, State Theater Co., 2001; Judith, Bingo, Public Domain, 2000; Titania, A Midsummer Night's Dream, InterAct, 2000; Liz, Fruits and Vegetables, Different Stages, 2000; Closier, Degas' Little Dancer, InterAct, 2000.

Honors: Payne award, Degas' Little Dancer; Payne & Critics Table nominations, Talley's Folly; Payne nomination, Fruits and Vegetables.

There's warmth onstage, then there's warmth onstage; Peyton Hayslip has the kind that can melt a heart at a hundred paces. She projects a tenderness so genuine and heartfelt as to be totally disarming. Still a relative newcomer to the Austin scene, Hayslip couples honesty of feeling onstage with a precision of technique honed at Juilliard. Mother to Austin's one of busiest young actresses -- frisky Tiger Darrow -- which may explain the maternal wisdom in Hayslip's Titania and Closier. Her InterAct work raises the bar for acting in local children's theatre.

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