Barry Hughson has served the performing arts field for 21 years as a professional arts executive. In January of 2014, he joined The National Ballet of Canada as Executive Director.
Mr. Hughson was previously Executive Director of Boston Ballet, the fourth largest ballet company in the US. Under Mr. 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 5 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, Mr. Hughson has had teaching and speaking engagements in the US, Europe and South America. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA, and chairs the Manager’s Council for the largest member dance companies. He 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.
Mr. Hughson began his career as a dancer with The Washington (DC) Ballet, 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.