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Ashley Hughson


Ashley Hughson (she/her) is an accomplished performer who began her professional career at 8 years old, first appearing as Gretl in The Sound of Music and in the title role in Annie, both at Connecticut’s Coachlight Dinner Theatre. Since that time, she has performed on stages across the US and Canada. In more recent years Ashley’s stage credits include the national tour of Alice in Wonderland in the title role with American Family Theatre, NINE: In Concert (Olga), The IT Girl (Molly), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Sally), Nunsense (Sister Amnesia), Gypsy (Agnes), Sound of Music (Liesl), and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Rosemary). In 2005, she made her NYC directorial debut with The Maginot Line for Aim High Productions.
In 2023, Ashley joined the Canadian cast of the North American premier of the Menopause the Musical II: Cruising Through the Change. She currently covers 3 of the show’s 4 roles.
On screen, Ashley has been seen in numerous national commercials for companies such as Wal-Mart, SureHealth, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Her television appearances include Fear Thy Neighbor, BTK: The Hunt for a Killer, and Handmaid’s Tale.
Ashley received voice training with Laura Dekkers of Liz Caplan and Associates, as well as with Christopher Ryan, Salvatore Cicciarella and Dr. Stephen Powell. Formal theatre and dance training includes Drexel University, Elon University, Broadway Dance Center and Dance Express. In Toronto, Ashley has studied acting at LB Acting Studios and voice over with Switchboard Sessions. Ashley holds a BA in Marketing from the University of New Orleans.
As an advocate for arts education, Ashley has worked as a children’s theatre instructor at the Warner Theatre Centre for Arts Education and the Hudgens Center for the Arts and has been Director of the Jr. Musical Theatre program at Canada’s Interprovincial Music Camp since 2017.
At home, Ashley loves running with friends, listening to true crime podcasts, and baking for her two children and husband Barry Hughson, Executive Director of the National Ballet of Canada. Ashley is also a baking content creator and you can follow her baking adventures on Instagram and TikTok @Best_Bake_Forward