ERIC FRAISHER HAYES is the Artistic Director of the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House (EONF). During his 11 years with the Foundation, EONF has become the leading producer of the works of Eugene O’Neill in the United States. He has directed 21 Eugene O’Neill plays, including The Emperor Jones, Desire Under the Elms, The Iceman Cometh, The Hairy Ape, and Mourning Becomes Electra. As an actor, Eric has worked at the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, and The Magic, as well as the Colorado and Wisconsin Shakespeare Festivals. He is a leading scholar/practitioner of the plays of Eugene O’Neill, and is often invited to give presentations on Eugene O’Neill’s life and works, including for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon; A Noise Within Theatre Company in Pasadena, California; and the 2017 International Eugene O’Neill Conference in Galway, Ireland. Eric received his Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the Theatre School at De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois. He is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.