Steve Hay is a boat-dwelling Scottish born film, television and theatre actor with prior experience in journalism and extensive experience of forum theatre, role-play, audience interaction and site- specific work.

Recent film includes: hit US TV series Outlander, Justin Kurzel’s MacBeth as a voice artist, and Jason Connery’s Tommy’s Honour. Recent theatre includes: Turning Leaves for Rust and Stardust Productions, Collider for Saturday Matinee Company, and John Retallack’s Ruskin Theatre Platforms. He played JM Barrie in The Mythmakers in London’s West End and in New York. He has also appeared in several music videos for lo-fi band Candy Says, and surf-a-billy rockers The Long Insiders.

“Tomorrow Never Knows” – a 10 minute, silent, performance interlude
The Science Museum, London, June 2014


Many years of working on stage made him more than aware how his performance varies each time due to varied degrees of synergy between him as the actor and the audience. He is particularly keen on directing and staging a live drama that redraws the line between artist and audience and reflects its members back on themselves. The questions particularly dear to his heart are: What is an audience? What is its purpose: to observe, to judge, to participate, to influence or to affect? To him it is all of these things. The purpose is less important than the actuality. All audience members are participants in what they see. Not that they have to get up in front of everyone, wear a tutu and dance. But by breathing and living in the ‘theatre’ space, an audience affects what it sees and how it sees it. Rustle your sweetie papers in the cheap seats, the rest of you rattle your jewelry. It is unique every night. The medium may be theatre, paintings, photographs, or song. We are all collaborators and co-creators. There is no hiding place.

At AOIA he devised, cast and directed a performance that included elements of Forum Theatre. He was also responsible for designating the performance area in front of the audience. More information about Steve Hay and his work can be found at