David Hugo | Director of Musical Theatre
David Hugo holds BFA in acting from Syracuse University and an MA in theater arts from LIU CW Post. In 1992 he moved directly to NYC where he performed regionally and on Broadway in a number of shows-his favorites being Les Miserablés and Jekyll and Hyde. He understudied for Terrance Mann in the role of Javert in the final Broadway Company of Les Miserablés and has performed in Les Miserablés in China, Korea, Singapore, Canada and the USA. He has worked with Tony Award winning actors Sutton Foster, Terrance Mann and Kelli O’Hara as well as Tony Award winning directors Trevor Nunn and John Caird, and choreographer Jerry Mitchel. After twelve years working professionally, he returned to school to receive a master’s degree in theater in order to teach aspiring young actors. He received his master’s degree from LIU Post in 2006, where he had the distinct pleasure of being taught and mentored by Maria Porter who has helped him develop a musical theater program based in the Suzuki training that the LIU program is well known for. David has also directed professionally, his last two major commercial directing projects where Les Misearables and South pacific at Reagle Music Theater in Boston. However, His real love for directing is for pieces that he and an ensemble have collaborated to conceived. His last four pieces were: Numb, an anti-war piece using the music and lyrics of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht; Shakespeare Cabaret, a cabaret using only music and scenes inspired by Shakespeare; New York Cabaret-Cabaret reinvented, a cabaret using iconic NYC songs; and Conditions of Love, a piece where he was able to collaborate with his mentor Maria Porter. This piece used music from Stephen Sondheim and text taken from William Shakespeare and premiered at the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival.