When she was two or three years old, Kris Ivy Haynes saw the movie The Wizard of Oz. All she wanted in life was to be just like "the lady who plays Dorothy." She would confidently tell anyone she met that she sang like Judy Garland and sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" at every family gathering.
She really got bit by the bug around age five when she auditioned for her elementary school production of Annie. That was also the year her grandma took her to see the Lion King on Broadway. That day she vowed that she would perform for the rest of her life. That same grandma also enrolled her in dance classes at the Ailey school, where her dance training began.
Kris has been non-stop ever since then. She started auditioning professionally when she was about eight years old. She was in the original cast of the play Die Laughing by Marq Overton when she was nine. She went on to act in many student films and did background work for Nickelodeon. She also performed in every middle and high school production, including Les Miserables, West Side Story, A Chorus Line, and In the Heights.
Kris is a part of the Musical Theatre class of 2020 at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In her time at BoCo she auditioned for everything she could and performed in many shows including The Frogs, Catch Me If You Can, Violet, and Metamorphoses. She also got the opportunity to hone her skills in songwriting and devising.
In the Boston theatre scene, she is known for being Yvonne the Disco Girl in the Donkey Show with the American Repertory Theatre and playing Columbia in the Rocky Horror Show with Moonbox Productions. She most recently played Crissy in Hair with the New Repertory Theatre.