Sandra Hughes is a professional writer, director, choreographer, actor, spoken word performer, storyteller, flutist and teaching artist. Sandra’s original productions featuring drama, dance, mask theatre, music and mime have been performed at theatres, festivals, arts centers, museums, colleges, universities and other community venues in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Hungary, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain and 36 states in the USA as well as on television, film and radio. Commissions for new plays/performance piece include Art on the Atlanta Beltline (5), McCracken Cultural Society Belfast, NI (4) for an ongoing Peace and Reconciliation Project and the Gallup Area Arts Council, NM (1). She’s received a Regional EMMY as a writer for PBS and a showcase at the American Film Institute Video Festival in Los Angeles. The Sandra L. Hughes Theatre Collection is housed at the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute. A significant portion of Sandra’s career focuses on the inclusion of historically under-served and at-risk communities by creating a platform for these voices through the performing arts. For this she has received Outstanding Partner and Outstanding Community Service Awards from the City of Atlanta. Sandra is the Producing Artistic Director of Gateway Performance Productions. Current projects include a stage play based on true events in Sandra's life as an artist performing in areas of global conflict, a proposed documentary about at-risk children living in Kathmandu, Nepal and a film about a life long friendship between two women that cannot be severed, even when one of them is abducted by child sex-traffickers (inspired by a true story).