Sandra Hughes is a storyteller, playwright and musician who has performed her original stories and plays at theatres, arts centers, festivals, museums, universities, colleges and conferences in thirty-six states in the USA and thirteen other countries. Sandra's stories explore the challenges and turning points in her life that have become catalysts for emotional, mental and spiritual growth. She is thrilled to be a returning headliner for Georgia Tech’s 2nd Transformative Narratives Storytelling Crawl.
Career Highlights include performances at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (NYC), Bled Festival Hall (Slovenia), Duncairn Complex (Belfast, NI) and the Blossom Music Center with the Cleveland Orchestra. Professional Development Awards from the Ford Foundation through Alternate ROOTS. A regional EMMY for Outstanding Entertainment Program of the Year. National distribution on PBS. Broadcast on Public Radio - WABE/Atlanta and KSFR/Santa Fe. An American Film Institute Video Festival Showcase in Los Angeles with nomination for the Robert Bennett Award. An Outstanding Partner Award and an Outstanding Community Service Award from the City of Atlanta and an Unsung Hero Award from Fulton County in Metro Atlanta.
Sandra is a vetted member of the National League of American Pen Women. The Sandra L. Hughes Theater Collection housed at the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theater Research Institute at the Ohio State University documents her professional career.
Sandra has taught as an adjunct professor, instructor and artist in residence at Antioch College, the University of Akron and Lake Erie College. She has served as a teaching and performing artist for the Woodruff Arts Center, Phillips Exeter Academy, Dekalb School of the Arts, Aero International Festival (DK) and the University of Oklahoma/ Riverside Indian School - Project LOGIC (Learning Opportunities for Gifted Indian Children). Sandra currently teaches ongoing creative writing classes for adults for the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System, Southeast Branch. She also provides arts programming for under-resourced, at-risk and traumatized populations with support from the Georgia Council for the Arts, Fulton County Arts and Culture and the City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.
Sandra’s spoken word album, Kairos, includes her original flute compositions with solo piano by Grammy-nominated composer John Burke. Sandra is the Producing Artistic Director and Co-founder of Gateway Performance Productions and The Mask Center in Atlanta.