Barry Hughson

Barry Hughson has served the performing arts field for 25 years as a professional arts executive. In January of 2014, he joined The National Ballet of Canada as executive director.

Hughson was previously executive director of Boston Ballet, the fourth largest ballet company in the U.S. Under Hughson’s leadership, Boston Ballet achieved several key milestones, including the retirement of its long term debt, completing a multi-million dollar renovation of the Ballet’s headquarters, and international tours to Canada, Spain, Finland, and the UK. Over his five year tenure, the organization raised more than $60 million dollars in contributed revenue through annual fund contributions and special funding initiatives. In addition, total earned revenue, including ticket sales and school tuition, increased by more than 20% over the same period.

As an arts advocate, consultant, and educator, Hughson has had teaching and speaking engagements in the U.S., Europe, and South America. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA, is a founding member of Dance/USA’s National Leadership Council for Dance, and serves as a mentor to emerging arts executives through the Institute for Leadership Training. In January 2015, in partnership with Dance/USA, Hughson spearheaded the first ever meeting of North American and European dance leaders, bringing together 22 administrators from nine countries for two days of meetings at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. In Canada, Hughson is Vice President of the National Council for the Canadian Dance Assembly.

Hughson began his career as a dancer with The Washington Ballet (Washington, DC), where he performed classical and contemporary repertoire at the Kennedy Center and on tour throughout the world. In 1990, he was the only American male dancer awarded a prize at the New York International Ballet Competition, and has held a decade-long affiliation with the nationally recognized Baltimore School for the Arts.

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