Traci Hays developed her directing sensibility under the mentorship of Larry Moss (acting coach), Martha Coolidge (Real Genius) and Randal Kleiser (Grease). Her time spent working with such notable industry professionals nurtured and prepared her as a creative individual, confident director, and passionate human being.
Her work can be best described as intuitive and multi-layered, with a process that always begins with the characters. Traci has a unique eye for casting and an attention to detail in a wide variety of genres and settings, from historic to present day.
Her recent directing credits include the Web Pilot, Seer, Produced by MyTeeVee, the TV Pilot, Alive Again, Produced by Legacy Films and Media, the documentary Ecstasy Lives out of Balance, produced for the County of Santa Clara, and a short 1800s period film, Lions Among Men starting Johanna Watts (American Warship) and Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games, The Spectacular Now). In addition, Lions Among Men was selected in the TOP 10 for DGA Student Film Awards.
Growing up on classic musicals in San Jose, California, Traci developed her taste as an artist through various theater productions. This love for the arts blossomed into filmmaking after taking her first filmmaking class in high school. Traci earned her B.F.A. in Film Production from Chapman University.
Above all, Traci Hays is a passionate, humble, driven and organized individual consistently looking to collaborate with talented filmmakers to transform their brightest ideas from the page to the screen.