Why: I am a person who stutters. I was a very quiet kid. I avoided speaking unless I absolutely had to. Reading aloud in class or talking on the phone were nightmare scenarios for me. Most of my thoughts and feelings went unsaid simply because I was too afraid to try to express them. Luckily, in high school, a caring drama teacher encouraged me to audition for the school’s Shakespeare play. Through acting, I gained confidence to speak even though I was afraid. My speech improved, but more importantly, I was heard! Whether you stutter or not, sometimes expressing yourself is just plain scary. I was afraid of being made fun of, judged, or dismissed for my stuttered speech. The fear of what others may think is something that we all share regardless of who we are. So, just say it out loud! And encourage others to do the same. Smile and feel proud that you dared to speak!
About Jeremy: JEREMY LANDON HAYS is an actor, singer, writer, and producer. His television appearances include a recurring role on "The Oath" (Sony Crackle), “FBI” (CBS), "Broad City" (Comedy Central), "The Blacklist" (NBC) "Turn: Washington Spies" (AMC) and the soon to be released Scott Rudin project "Compliance" starring Mary Louise Parker. Jeremy is also set to appear in a new independent film Sometime Other Than Now. Jeremy recently played the role of Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. He made his Broadway debut in the first revival of Les Misérables and went on to originate the role of Enjolras for the 25th Anniversary production at Paper Mill Playhouse and the subsequent national tour. He recently performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival as a soloist in Play It Again, Marvin a musical review of the music of Marvin Hamlisch. He toured the U.S. as Rum Tum Tugger in Cats. Regionally he has starred in productions of Into The Woods, Hair, Camelot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma! and West Side Story. Jeremy is proud to have represented Les Misérables on "The 85th Annual Academy Awards" hosted by Seth MacFarlane as well as NBC's "America's Got Talent."
Jeremy is producing a new Broadway play “Paulette” by novelist, Mary Adkins. The play is currently in development in New York City.
Jeremy has been tapped to pen the book for a new Broadway musical adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel Far From The Madding Crowd.
Jeremy has written two screenplays which are in development. "Buried Deep" is a modern western drama series set in rural Oklahoma. "Take The Black" is a comedic, mockumentary web-series about a down-on-their-luck band of cater waiters who have been recruited by the CIA.
Jeremy also founded the non-profit, non-partisan organization Broadway Votes which promotes voter registration and political involvement in the Broadway community.