Deborah Hay is an America choreographer and writer based in New York.
Hay trained with Merce Cunningham and Mia Slavenska in Manhattan and danced for a time with the Cunningham Dance Company. She was a member of the Judson Dance Theatre, a group of Neo-Dada artists deeply influenced by Merce Cunningham and John Cage. Hay's contributions to the movement were that art forms should interact with dance and that being a dancer does not require a certain level of training.
In the 1970s her work shifted focus. She left New York to live in a community in Northern Vermont, where she began to make dances with no audience in mind. She drew back from the performing arena and began to rethink the ways that performance is transmitted and presented, a thought process which led her to write her first of three books, "Moving Through the Universe in Bare Feet" (1975). Also by Hay: "Lamb at the Altar: The Story of a Dance (1994) and "My Body, the Buddhist"(2000).