Director Hayley Morris is an artist and animation director based in Providence, Rhode Island. She is represented by BODEGA Animation in the USA and NERD Productions in the UK, Europe (excluding Czech Republic) and South Africa. Morris uses traditional stop-motion and mixed media to tell stories that unfold through layered textures and handcrafted details.
Hayley has directed commercials for Samsung, Hewlett Packard, Burt’s Bees, HumanaOne, Kate Spade, The Detroit Zoo, Paragard and many others. She has been an animator and fabricator on commercials for Special K, McDonald’s, Toyota, The New York Times and Cadbury. Additionally, Morris has directed music videos for Iron and Wine, Grammy-award winning violinist Hilary Hahn, and pianist Hauschka.
Morris’ work has been featured in film festivals and museums around the world. Her short film, Undone, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Animated Short at Slamdance in 2009, and her sets, puppets and music videos were shown at La Gaité Lyrique’s Motion Factory Exhibition in Paris.
Morris also teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design, encouraging her students to discover through hands-on experimentation, open dialogue with peers and the constant testing of animation’s boundaries.