Hayley Schmidt


Dancer Hayley Schmidt is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and Link Dance Co. During her time at WAAPA she won the Dame Peggy Praagh award and was invited to Taiwan to perform with Shih Gee-Tze’s ACME Physical Theatre. After graduating, Hayley was awarded the Merce Cunningham Scholarship, which enabled her to spend three months at the world renowned Cunningham foundation in New York.She then joined Diversions Dance Company in Wales, before returning to Australia to work in the ACT with Cadi McCarthy and Company. With this dance theatre company Hayley worked on creative development projects and performance seasons of Shambles; Grappling for the Edge (including a residency in New York in partnership with Chez Bushwick); and Restless. As part of the Canberra Dance Theatre’s 30th Anniversary celebrations Hayley collaborated with artists from all disciplines for the installation at the National Gallery of Australia sculpture garden. Most recently, Hayley has been Assistant Artistic Director of Quantum Leap Youth Dance Company. In October she joined Buzz Dance Theatre in Perth.

Mentoring and inspiring young emerging artists

Major Partners and Sponsors

  • Australian National University
  • The Street Theatre
  • Molonglo Group
  • Mundango Charitable Trust
  • Canberra Grammar School
  • Coordinate Agency