Hailey Kilgore

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Hailey Kilgore
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Hailey Kilgore at Broadway Cares Flea Market, September 2017
Born Hailey Frances Kilgore
(1999-02-16) February 16, 1999 (age 19)
Humble, Texas
  • Actor
  • Singer
Years active 2015–present

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.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

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]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2018 Tony Award[15] Best Actress in a Musical Once On This Island Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award[16] Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Theatre World Award[17] Honoree
Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography[18] Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show Nominated
Broadway.com Audience Awards[19] Favorite Leading Actress in a Musical Won
Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Female) 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. ^ ""Our Town" Cast and Creative Team". Portland Center Stage. August 15, 2015. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  12. ^ ""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. ^ "2018 Tony Award Nominations: SpongeBob SquarePants and Mean Girls Lead the Pack". Playbill. 2018-05-01.
  16. ^ "2018 Outer Critics Circle Nominations Announced". TheaterMania.com. 2018-04-24.
  17. ^ Gans, Andrew (2018-05-08). "Noma Dumezweni, Hailey Kilgore, and Ethan Slater Among Theatre World Award Honorees". Playbill.
  18. ^ "Carousel, Once On This Island Among 2018 Chita Rivera Award Nominations". playbill.com. 27 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Mean Girls Leads Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Winners; Ethan Slater, Hailey Kilgore Also Take Top Prizes". Broadway.com. 2018-05-16.

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