Peyton Hayslip

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is the co-founder of thistlemouse productions with her husband and partner, Carl Anderson. A 7th generation Texan who received her training as an actress at the Juilliard School in NYC, Ms. Hayslip has been performing for audiences of all ages for over 20 years.  In addition to her work as an actress, writer, director, and instructor of acting for theater and film, Peyton is the Acting Director of the State Theater School of Acting in Austin, TX.  She has been the recipient of numerous commendations and nominations for her work as an actress, and received Austin's B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for Youth for her work with Zachary Scott Theater's Project InterAct.  Hayslip has been named one of the "Top 40 Actors in Austin" by the Austin Chronicle.  She has been lauded by critics: "... Hayslip's work raises the bar for acting in local children's theater." (Austin Chronicle), and "... critics and co-workers have fallen for her mutable stage personae and firm control of acting technique..." (Austin American Statesman).  Ms. Hayslip has performed lead roles in NYC; in London with Great Britain's National Youth Theatre; in Dallas at the Dallas Theater Center, The Addison Theater Center, The Garland Civic Theater; and in Austin, TX with The State Theater Company, Zachary Scott Theater's Project InterAct, the dirigo group, Onstage Theatre Co., Different Stages, and numerous other companies. Most recently, she has been enjoying a 3 year run of her original one-woman show, Kate James: Portrait of a Texas Pioneer which she wrote and is based on the journals and scrapbooks of her great-great-great grandmother, Kate James who came to Texas in 1855 as a 4 year old.  Peyton tours the show to enthusiastic audience all over Texas. In addition to more traditional roles, Ms. Hayslip appears annually with Dr. Anderson's Santa Claus as his Mrs., Maggie Claus.  However, without a doubt, two of her finest productions are her daughters, Kitty and Tiger.




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