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Tonya Hays

Gulfport High Schoo
GHS Theatre Director
Tonya Hays is the founder and Director Emeritus of the nationally recognized WINGS Performing Arts Program at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. The WINGS program is dedicated to nurturing, talent, spirit and leadership in children and youth through the arts, community service and leadership training. WINGS strives to share the transcending and transforming power of the arts through inclusive and diverse experiences.

In addition to her WINGS work she has served as a teaching artist for MAAE and adjunct faculty for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Mississippi State University and William Carey University. Currently she is the theatre director at Gulfport High School in Gulfport, Mississippi. Ms. Hays has an MFA in theatre with an emphasis in play writing for young audiences. Her plays are published by Dramatic Publishing Company.