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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Arts Administrator
Stage Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sapello Island, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
All Things Work Together For The Good Of Those That Love The Lord And Are Called According To His Purpose.

Birthplace

Born:
10/16/1948
Birth Location:
Massillon, Ohio

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Arts Administrator
Stage Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sapello Island, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
All Things Work Together For The Good Of Those That Love The Lord And Are Called According To His Purpose.

Birthplace

Born:
10/16/1948
Birth Location:
Massillon
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Biography

Stephanie Smith Hughley is executive producer and co-founder of the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the most important African American arts festivals in the world and founded in 1987. Hughley served as its Artistic Program Director until 1992. She returned to Atlanta in 1999 to revive the failing and debt stricken organization. Under her leadership, the festivals have expanded from a bi-annual summer arts festival to a yearly ten-day festival held during the month of July and a year round African arts cultural teaching institution, which includes an annual curriculum for teachers and students.

Hughley was born in Canton, Ohio to Lillie Mae and Robert Lee Smith, Sr. on October 16, 1948. She attended Kent State University with aspirations of becoming a medical doctor. While at Kent State, she was introduced to dance. Hughley moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1969 where she completed her studies and entered the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts. Hughley obtained her B.S. degree in biology from Northeastern University and her M.Ed. from Antioch College at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In 1971, Hughley became a dance instructor and taught at Smith College as well as Northeastern, Brandeis and Harvard Universities. She danced with the Dance Theatre of Boston and the National Center of Afro American Artists. In 1976, Hughley moved to New York City, auditioned for a part in the Broadway production of Bubbling Brown Sugar, studied dance at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance and the Little Red School House and apprenticed under the directorship of Ashton Springer in order to expand her theatre management skills. She became General Manager of the Negro Ensemble Company in 1982. Hughley managed and supervised the production of over twelve Broadway shows including, Your Arms Are Too Short To Box With God, Ain’t Misbehavin’ andBubbling Brown Sugar and toured the United States and Europe as the Company Manager of For Colored Girls.

In 1992, Hughley was Theatre and Dance Producer for the Atlanta Committee for the Cultural Olympiad for the 1996 Olympic Games. In 1996, she was commissioned to serve as Vice President of Programs for the newly formed New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Hughley returned to Atlanta in 1999 to become head of the Black Arts Festival.

Hughley serves on the boards of the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition (MAACC) and the Atlanta Convention Center and Visitors Bureau. She has been a member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers since 1977.

Hughley resides in the Atlanta area with her surviving son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Stephanie Hughley's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Stephanie Hughley lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Stephanie Hughley describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Stephanie Hughley describes her father, Robert Smith, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Stephanie Hughley describes segregation in Canton, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Stephanie Hughley describes her maternal grandmother, Lola Bradley
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Stephanie Hughley describes her maternal grandfather's farm, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Stephanie Hughley describes her maternal grandfather's farm, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Stephanie Hughley recounts stories of World War II and the Great Depression
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Stephanie Hughley describes her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Stephanie Hughley remembers her maternal grandmother's house
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Stephanie Hughley describes holidays with her family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Stephanie Hughley lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Stephanie Hughley describes the neighborhoods she grew up in
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Stephanie Hughley describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Stephanie Hughley describes her childhood community in Canton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Stephanie Hughley speculates about her paternal grandmother's heritage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Stephanie Hughley remembers the schools she attended
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Stephanie Hughley recalls her paternal grandmother's warning about skin color
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Stephanie Hughley remembers the support of her black teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Stephanie Hughley describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Stephanie Hughley recalls her family's trips to Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Stephanie Hughley describes her childhood hopes and aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Stephanie Hughley talks about her sister, Sharon Smith Curle
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Stephanie Hughley describes her childhood role models
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Stephanie Hughley describes the sports culture of Canton, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Stephanie Hughley remembers aspiring to be a doctor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Stephanie Hughley recalls her love of dancing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Stephanie Hughley recalls attending Kent State University in Kent, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Stephanie Hughley describes the political climate of Kent State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Stephanie Hughley remembers the Black Power movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Stephanie Hughley recalls the black student union at Kent State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Stephanie Hughley recalls Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Stephanie Hughley talks about her racial identity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Stephanie Hughley explains why she moved to Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Stephanie Hughley describes her life in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Stephanie Hughley describes her education in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Stephanie Hughley recalls beginning her career in dance
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Stephanie Hughley recalls moving to New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Stephanie Hughley explains how she earned a living early in her dance career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Stephanie Hughley remembers the dance classes she took in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Stephanie Hughley recalls her decision to become a manager on Broadway
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Stephanie Hughley remembers working with the Negro Ensemble Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Stephanie Hughley describes the differences between producer and manager
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Stephanie Hughley recalls being asked to manage 'For Colored Girls'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Stephanie Hughley describes touring with 'For Colored Girls'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Stephanie Hughley remembers marrying her second husband
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Stephanie Hughley recalls her theatrical productions' international tours
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Stephanie Hughley remembers managing the Negro Ensemble Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Stephanie Hughley shares the history of the Negro Ensemble Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Stephanie Hughley recalls becoming the Negro Ensemble Company's general manager
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Stephanie Hughley remembers her decision to move to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Stephanie Hughley recalls her impression of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Stephanie Hughley remembers moving to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Stephanie Hughley recalls becoming the National Black Arts Festival program manager
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Stephanie Hughley explains what she learned while planning the National Black Arts Festival
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of Stephanie Hughley's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Stephanie Hughley describes the creation of the National Black Arts Festival
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Stephanie Hughley describes her friend, LaTanya Richardson
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Stephanie Hughley remembers contributors to the National Black Arts Festival
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Stephanie Hughley remembers the National Black Arts Festival parade
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Stephanie Hughley remembers the success of the first National Black Arts Festival
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Stephanie Hughley recalls the artists at the first National Black Arts Festival
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Stephanie Hughley explains the difference between African and European dance
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Stephanie Hughley describes the challenges faced by the National Black Arts Festival
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Stephanie Hughley remembers working on the 1996 Cultural Olympiad
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Stephanie Hughley narrates her photographs
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Stephanie Hughley remembers introducing homeless students to a Norwegian poet
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Stephanie Hughley remembers the dance troupes she recruited for the Cultural Olympiad
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Stephanie Hughley remarks upon the variation in African arts
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Stephanie Hughley remembers the Celebrate Africa festival, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Stephanie Hughley remembers the Celebrate Africa festival, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Stephanie Hughley recalls consulting on the New Jersey Performing Arts Center
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Stephanie Hughley remembers leaving the Cultural Olympiad planning committee
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Stephanie Hughley shares her memories of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Stephanie Hughley describes the ethnic communities of New Jersey
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Stephanie Hughley describes the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's success
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Stephanie Hughley remembers organizing the Africa Exchange program
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Stephanie Hughley recalls organizing festivals for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Stephanie Hughley talks about the importance of cultural exposure
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Stephanie Hughley remembers returning to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Stephanie Hughley recalls returning to the National Black Arts Festival
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Stephanie Hughley describes the educational component of the National Black Arts Festival
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Stephanie Hughley describes her hopes for the National Black Arts Festival
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Stephanie Hughley remembers the September 11 attacks
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Stephanie Hughley talks about the effects of the September 11 attacks
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Stephanie Hughley remembers the Diverse Voices, Collective Spirit holiday celebration
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Stephanie Hughley talks about the frequency and location of the National Black Arts Festival
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Stephanie Hughley recalls the themes of recent National Black Arts Festivals
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Stephanie Hughley talks about the National Black Arts Festival's twentieth anniversary
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Stephanie Hughley talks about celebrating African American pioneers
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Stephanie Hughley talks about her family's white ancestry
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Stephanie Hughley explains why she decided to share her story
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Stephanie Hughley offers advice to young people
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Stephanie Hughley describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Stephanie Hughley describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Stephanie Hughley reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Stephanie Hughley talks about the importance of The HistoryMakers
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - Stephanie Hughley narrates her photographs