“Hayley Kosan directs The Understudy with a confident and
sure hand; no small feat for a full scale musical period piece. I can’t wait to
see what she does next, she is a young talent to watch for.”
-Anthony Jannelli, Director of Photography and Professor
at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Hayley Kosan is an award-winning writer/director located in the greater New York City area.
A recent graduate of the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, Hayley Kosan earned a B.A. in Film and Media Production with a concentration in Directing in 2011.
Her directing efforts were displayed in full-force for her senior thesis film, The Understudy, which tells the story of understudy Kate Lovelace in 1938 Manhattan on opening night of the new musical Blind Ambition: The Story of Helen Keller.
Written, directed and edited by Kosan, the film earned accolades for direction and cinematography at Colombia University's National Undergraduate Film Festival in April of 2012. Later that year the film made its West Coast premiere at LA Comedy Fest in Los Angeles and picked up a Best Ensemble win. By early 2013, The Understudy was hand selected to appear at Visions Film Festival, an undergraduate showcase of the best in student film put on by the University of Wilmington, North Carolina and won the "Audience Choice" award.
During her time at Arizona State, Hayley found her passion for not only directing, but acting as well, appearing in over thirty film and stage productions within three years. A comedienne at heart, Hayley was a member the ASU's sketch comedy troupe and received an AFA Film Festival Best Actress win for her comedic role as Abigail the secretary in the award-winning short, The Holidays. Hayley strongly believes in order to be a great director, one must understand and appreciate the acting process, and through her performances has gained great insight into communicating with actors.
Currently living in Brooklyn, Kosan is working on her first feature-length screenplay and keeps her fingers limber with her snarky, self-referential blog, WiseOldBitch.