Sylvia S. Haynie
Academy of the Performing Arts
Sylvia Haynie, co-owner of the APA has served as a theatre director, instructor, actor and workshop leader for a wide variety of arts organizations. For the APA she directs our four-show season and co-directs the summer kid’s camp in conjunction with Macon Little Kids Theatre. With her guidance, APA students have auditioned for and been cast in regional and national touring theatre shows, regional television and film productions and radio/voice over opportunities.
Since 1986, she has been involved with the theatre department for Stratford Academy, for 6 years as choreographer, followed by two different stints as artistic director (from 1993-2004 and 2011-current.) Under her direction, the school’s theatre program has won 12 first place region awards and 6 first place state one-act competitions. The Stratford Academy season consists of three shows and always includes a huge cast winter musical featuring casts of more than 100 students in grades 1-12.
Starting in 2004, Ms. Haynie has served as a guest director for Macon Little Theatre, directing no less than three shows per season. Show titles range from contemporary hits Legally Blonde, Hairspray and Wedding Singer to classics such as Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Annie and Showboat. The great relationship between the APA and MLT allow for many of the APA shows to be presented on the stage of the little theatre with full theatrical lighting and special effects.
Haynie is honored to have served for 30 consecutive years as choreographer for Macon Civic Club’s annual musical review on the stage of The Grand Opera House. She was proud to volunteer with the local Alzheimer’s Association as the stage director for 2012 and 2013 “Dancing with the Central Georgia Stars” at Macon’s City Auditorium. She has twice directed for Theatre Macon’s Youth Actors Company and served as music director for area shows, reviews and church productions. In years past she served as artistic director for the Chamber of Commerce in its presentation of local performing arts organizations. As a playwright, her adaptations and original works have been produced by high schools, touring companies and professional children’s theatre troupes. Starting with directing Wizard of Oz as a camp counselor while in college, Haynie counts this as her 36th year in the theatre business. Both Haynie’s children are pursuing professional acting careers in New York City. Her older son, JP completed his master’s degree in Musical Theatre in 2008 and has worked on projects like Men In Black, 3 and Board Walk Empire and two seasons on The Good Wife. Younger son F. Michael is a 2008 graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and has two Broadway credits in WICKED and HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, Hunchback in the Ogunquit Summer Playhouse production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and most recently appeared as Augustus Gloop in Broadway's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. Both JP and F. Michael are active members of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actor’s Guild. Her mother, Martha Shirah of The Gables, and her father Franklin Shirah (who passed away in Feburary 2019) are theatre folk too, both having prior directing and acting credits in their hometown of Hawkinsville, GA. Both have appeared in Sylvia’s productions.