Hayley Tantau is a writer, actor, improviser, comedian, and director based in Melbourne.
After realising she was absolutely trash at maths, science, and anything else the rest of her family was good at, a young Hayley pledged to make a career out of playing dress-ups and trying to make people feel better about themselves through comedy.
Hayley Tantau’s primary comedic character, Cindy Salmon, came from a place of real frustration in 2015. She was a frustrated female in comedy, as we all are. From there, she donned a pink blazer and platinum blond wig and proceeded to kick down doors, smash a lot of glass and blast too many airhorns.
Within two years, Cindy Salmon high-kicked her way to Laura Imbruglia’s Amateur Hour in 2015, a show at The Forum Theatre at Melbourne International Comedy Festival in early 2017, and now Princess Pictures and Foxtel’s comedy series The Slot. In late 2017, it was announced that Cindy Salmon (and Hayley Tantau) were recipients of the illustrious Moosehead Award for Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018. Her show, EMPOWERFUL, (directed by Declan Fay and Tessa Waters) landed a spot in Timeout’s Top 10 Shows of Melbourne International Comedy Festival and received rave reviews. In 2019, Cindy Salmon performed in a late night Melbourne Town Hall show accompanied by the musical stylings of Alice Tovey & Ned Dixon. The show, I Want You!, had Cindy Salmon going on dates with Luke McGregor, DeAnne Smith, Sami Shah, Aaron Gocs, Nina Oyama, Bella Green, Charity Werk, Margot Tanjutco, Lauren Bok, Kelly Fastuca, and Stuart Daulman to sold out crowds.
Hayley has been writing comedy since 2012. She has written for Amateur Hour, The Comedy Channel’s The Slot (produced by Princess Pictures & Foxtel), as well as writing live shows: I Want You! (late night variety show, MICF 2019), EMPOWERFUL (solo show, MICF 2018), Cindy Salmon’s Empower Hour (solo show, MICF 2017, Melbourne Fringe 2016), Paradise (co-writer, sketch show, MICF 2016), Is This Intimacy? (co-writer, sketch show, MICF 2015, Melbourne Fringe 2015).
After stumbling into improv in 2013 with The Improv Conspiracy, Hayley has performed in countless shows, traveled to the US to study at iO Chicago, taught many students, advised on the company’s leadership panel, directed shows, and helped launch the sketch program.
Hayley has directed and mentored several solo performances for Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival – Dave Hynes, Fiannah de Rue, Reeni Inosha, and Katherine Allen.
In late 2014 Hayley formed a comedy group with Mario Hannah, Simon McCulloch and Ryan Zorzut. From there, Trillcumber performed Is This Intimacy? at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015 and Melbourne Fringe 2015, and Paradise at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016. She also directed, wrote for and acted in The Improv Conspiracy’s monthly sketch show, Champagne Factory. Hayley now writes, performs, teaches and directs sketch comedy classes at The Improv Conspiracy.
Content Management & Social Media
After graduating from Monash University in 2013 with a Bachelors degree in Media, Communications & Journalism, Hayley completed unpaid internships and read a lot of think-pieces. She then got a full-time job as Venuemob’s Content Producer, where she wrote and edited articles about venues, events, and startups, as well as overhauling their social media presence and actioning marketing strategies for the company. She now freelances in content writing, copyediting, data entry and audio transcription. To enquire about freelance services, get in touch!
For more information, check out my CV.