Hailey Kilgore

Hailey Frances Kilgore (born February 16, 1999)[citation needed] 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.[1]

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Hailey Kilgore at Broadway Cares Flea Market, September 2017
Hailey Frances Kilgore

(1999-02-16) February 16, 1999 (age 21)
Other names
  • Hailey F. Kilgore
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active2015–present

Early life and educationEdit

Hailey Frances Kilgore was born February 16, 1999, in Humble, Texas. She was adopted at birth by Rebecca and Eric Kilgore of Portland, Oregon.[2] Her family moved to the Portland suburb of Happy Valley when she was still in grade school.[3] 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.[4] In 2015, she won the Miss Oregon's Outstanding Teen competition.[5][6]

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[7] and 2015.[8] In 2015, Kilgore took second place in the competition and performed in the national monologue competition at the August Wilson Theatre in New York.[9] Kilgore was a regular "capo", or chant and song leader, for the Rose City Riveters in support of the Portland Thorns FC.[10]

Kilgore made her professional theatrical debut as Rebecca Gibbs in Portland Center Stage's production of Our Town in the fall of 2015.[11] Kilgore appeared in the Portland Center Stage production of Ain't Misbehavin' the same year.[12] 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.[13][14]

Theatre creditsEdit

Credits in bold indicate Broadway production(s)
Year Title Role Theatre Director(s) Ref.
2015 Our Town Rebecca Gibbs Portland Center Stage Rose Riordan
Ain't Misbehavin' Chris Coleman
2017–19 Once on This Island Ti Moune Circle in the Square Theatre Michael Arden [15]
2019 Into the Woods Rapunzel Hollywood Bowl Robert Longbottom [16]



Year Title Role Notes
2020 Respect Carolyn Franklin Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2019 The Village Olivia 3 episodes
2020 Amazing Stories (2020 TV series)[17] Tuka 1 episode
2020 Power Book III: Raising Kanan[18] Jukebox In Production

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2018 Tony Award[19] Best Actress in a Musical Once on This Island Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award[20] Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Theatre World Award[21] Honoree
Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography[22] Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show Nominated
Broadway.com Audience Awards[23] Favorite Leading Actress in a Musical Won
Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Female) Nominated
BroadwayWorld.com Theatre Fans' Choice Awards[24] Best Leading Actress in a Musical Won
2019 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album[25] Nominated


  1. ^ "Once On This Island". Once On This Island.
  2. ^ "BWW TV: Broadway's ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Finds Its 'Ti Moune' - Go Behind the Scenes and See a Special Message from the Star!". BroadwayWorld.
  3. ^ Jacobson, Rebecca (December 2017) [online date November 20, 2017]. "This Oregon-Raised Teen Could Be Broadway's Next Big Star". Portland Monthly.
  4. ^ Mayes, Steve. "National American Miss: 2012 National Results". www.namiss.com.
  5. ^ Spitaleri, Ellen (June 29, 2015). "Happy Valley resident Hailey Kilgore named Oregon's Outstanding Teen". Clackamas Review. Pamplin Media Group. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  6. ^ "Meet the Miss Oregon's Outstanding Teen Sisterhood". Miss Oregon Scholarship Program. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  7. ^ Spitaleri, Ellen (February 20, 2014). "Students act out in monologue contest". Portland Tribune. Pamplin Media Group. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  8. ^ Wang, Amy (April 24, 2018). "At 19, Happy Valley's Hailey Kilgore is taking Broadway by storm". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2018-05-02 – via www.oregonlive.com.
  9. ^ Nakamura, Beth (March 3, 2015). "August Wilson Monologue Competition selects area high school students to perform on Broadway". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  10. ^ Froh, Tim (December 14, 2017). "The Reviews are In: Rose City Riveters capo Hailey Kilgore becomes star on Broadway". Portland Timbers / Thorns.
  11. ^ a b ""Our Town" Cast and Creative Team". Portland Center Stage. August 15, 2015. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  12. ^ a b ""Ain't Misbehavin'" Cast and Creative Team". Portland Center Stage. October 12, 2015. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  13. ^ Paulson, Michael (September 6, 2017). "Tomorrow's Marquee Names, Now in the Making". The New York Times.
  14. ^ "Once on This Island Broadway Revival Casts Ti Moune". Playbill.
  15. ^ "Breaking: Lea Salonga, Merle Dandridge, Quentin Earl Darrington & Alex Newell Join Once on this Island". Broadway World.
  16. ^ "Sutton Foster, Skylar Astin, Hailey Kilgore, Sierra Boggess, More Join Cast of Hollywood Bowl Into the Woods". Playbill. May 30, 2019.
  17. ^ https://www.thewrap.com/power-prequel-raising-kanan-casts-hailey-kilgore-as-young-jukebox/
  18. ^ https://deadline.com/2020/03/hailey-kilgore-cast-starz-power-book-iii-raising-kanan-tony-award-nomination-1202874520/
  19. ^ "2018 Tony Award Nominations: SpongeBob SquarePants and Mean Girls Lead the Pack". Playbill. 2018-05-01.
  20. ^ "2018 Outer Critics Circle Nominations Announced". TheaterMania.com. 2018-04-24.
  21. ^ Gans, Andrew (2018-05-08). "Noma Dumezweni, Hailey Kilgore, and Ethan Slater Among Theatre World Award Honorees". Playbill.
  22. ^ "Carousel, Once On This Island Among 2018 Chita Rivera Award Nominations". playbill.com. 27 April 2018.
  23. ^ "Mean Girls Leads Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Winners; Ethan Slater, Hailey Kilgore Also Take Top Prizes". Broadway.com. 2018-05-16.
  24. ^ "The Results Are In! Once on This Island, Spongebob Square Pants & More Win BroadwayWorld's Theatre Fans' Choice Awards". Broadwayworld.com. 2018-06-04.
  25. ^ Desk, TV News. "THE BAND'S VISIT, CAROUSEL & More Nominated for 2019 GRAMMY AWARDS". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2018-12-07.

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