• Stephen Cole Hughes
  • Steven Cole Hughes

    Faculty Mentor, Scriptwriting

    Mile-High MFA,

Professional Bio

  • MFA, National Theatre Conservatory
  • BA, Theatre, Indiana University

Steven Cole Hughes is a playwright, actor, director and is currently Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Director of Theatre at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, CO.  He has taught playwriting at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and an Acting Shakespeare class at the University of Denver.  Full-length plays include A Good Indian, The Bad ManBilly Hell (’08 Ovation Award for Best New Work), Slabtown, cowboyily, Arabia, Battleground State, Dogs by Seven, and Poor Devils.  

His plays for young audiences are The Presidents!, The Wright Stuff, and The Geography of Adventure.  Productions and commissions have come from Bloomington Playwrights Project, The Coterie Theatre, Creede Repertory Theatre, Curious Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Ethical Culture Fieldston School, the National Theatre Conservatory and the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival.  He was the co-artistic director of Fight or Flight, a New York City-based theatre company for whom he has adapted and directed Shakespeare’s Richard II and Henry V, and Melville’s Moby Dick.  He won the 2011 Denver Post Ovation Award for Special Achievement for his trilogy of plays The Billy Trilogy. He was once interviewed by local publication 5280 Magazine

Hughes has a BA in Theatre from Indiana University and an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory.