10-year-old Long Island actress shines on Broadway stage


Ava Michele Hyl may only be 10 years old, but she’s already making a big name for herself on the Broadway stage.

Ava has been performing in the Tony-nominated play Leopoldstadt eight times a week since her Broadway debut in September.

Ava always knew that she wanted to act professionally, but her mom insisted that she couldn’t act unless she was able to read. Determined to pursue her dream, Ava learned to read when she was just 4 years old, and by the age of 6, she was already reading scripts and landed her first role in a short film called “Seer” in 2019.

“It has been absolutely amazing, and words can’t even describe how great it is to be able to perform eight shows a week on stage with so many great talented actors,” said Ava. “Leopoldstadt is my first Broadway show, so it’s also really special to be in such an important play for my Broadway debut, and an experience I will always remember.”

Ava plays two roles in Leopoldstadt — Young Rosa and Bella.

Ava and her family live in Coram, but since rehearsals started for Leopoldstadt in August, Ava and her mom have been renting an apartment in the city near the theater to make things easier for her.

They usually go home to be with their family Sunday after the show and head back into the city Tuesday afternoons.

Ava’s future goals include acting in a feature film or a TV series and perfecting her dancing skills. She drew inspiration from her sister Olivia, who is also a performer.

Now, Ava is inspiring others with her incredible talent and hard work at such a young age.

To follow along her journey, make sure to check her out on Instagram @avamichelehyl.

Top: Head of young Ava Michele Hyl, courtesy of Art By Corie.