Chris Hay has been teaching at both NIDA and the University of Sydney since 2011. His recently-submitted PhD thesis examined knowledge transfer in creative arts training in Australia, with a view to strengthening teaching within conservatoire programs. His other research interests include queer theatre, contemporary political performance, and the sociology of education. He has directed extensively in student theatre, including participating in the worldwide premiere of "Laramie: Ten Years Later - An Epilogue" and "Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays", and touring work to the Festival of Australian Student Theatre (FAST) and the Adelaide Fringe. Players on his creative dream team include Richard Strauss, Egon Schiele, Joan Didion and Xavier Dolan.