Hailey Kilgore at Broadway Cares Flea Market, September 2017
|Born||Hailey Frances Kilgore
(1999-02-16) February 16, 1999
Hailey Frances Kilgore (born February 16, 1999) is an American actress and singer. Kilgore is best known for her performance as Ti Moune in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island, a performance for which she was nominated for the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Early life and education
Hailey Frances Kilgore was born February 16, 1999, in Humble, Texas. She was adopted at birth by Rebecca and Eric Kilgore of Portland, Oregon. Her family moved to the Portland suburb of Happy Valley when she was still in grade school. Kilgore began competing in pageants when she was 9. In 2012, Kilgore was named National American Miss Oregon Pre-Teen, and won the National NAM Spokesmodel competition. In 2015, she won the Miss Oregon’s Outstanding Teen competition.
Kilgore attended Clackamas High School for two years, before transferring to the Clackamas Web Academy where she graduated a year early. Kilgore performed in various productions at Clackamas High School and took part in the Portland August Wilson Monologue Competition in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, Kilgore took second place in the competition and performed in the national monologue competition at the August Wilson Theatre in New York. Kilgore was a regular “capo”, or chant and song leader, for the Rose City Riveters in support of the Portland Thorns FC.
Kilgore made her professional theatrical debut as Rebecca Gibbs in Portland Center Stage‘s production of Our Town in the fall of 2015. Kilgore appeared in the Portland Center Stage production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ the same year. Kilgore was a first year student at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York when she was cast as Ti Moune in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island.
Awards and nominations
|2018||Tony Award||Best Actress in a Musical||Once On This Island||Nominated|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actress in a Musical||Nominated|
|Theatre World Award||Honoree|
|Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography||Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show||Nominated|
|Broadway.com Audience Awards||Favorite Leading Actress in a Musical||Won|
|Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Female)||Nominated|