Artistic Director

bethanyBethany Hughes

·         Community Builder

·         Dream Chaser

·         Peanut Butter Connoisseur

·         Change Practitioner

·         Theatre Nerd

Bethany was born and raised in Edmonton. She has been involved in a variety of community and independent theatre projects since she was 16 years old. She cofounded Straight Edge Theatre in 2012. She has been involved with Walterdale working in various capacities for the last seven years. She studied drama and psychology at University of Alberta. Bethany’s focus and passion for theatre comes from its unique ability to inspire, engage, and build community. When she isn’t working on a production Bethany enjoys biking, yoga, dancing and spending time with her family.

Selected credits include: Sterling nominated Bat Boy: The Musical (Producer – Straight Edge Theatre) Red (Director- Walterdale Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Choreographer- ELOPE Musical Theatre) Twelve Angry Jurors (Director- Horizon Players)


Letter from the Artistic Director

Dear Friend,

In the 59th Season at the Walterdale Theatre, you will experience theatre that inspires you and entertains you. This season we are dedicating our selections to creating space and opportunity. Each show selected will regale you with characters that overcome personal and societal pressures and obstacles.

Our talented creative teams will bring you five productions. In May, our annual From Cradle to Stage Festival will inspire you with new works by local playwrights.

We kick off the season with the classic piece, A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen followed by Trina Davies’ Canadian piece, Shatter, in December. This production marks the centennial commemoration of the maritime disaster. In February we will illuminate the stage with Clare Boothe Luce’s The Women. Jessica Swale’s Blue Stockings is up in April, and we will conclude our season in July with the musical sensation Next to Normal by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt.

Please join me in creating opportunity and building the Walterdale community this season.


Bethany Hughes
Artistic Director, Walterdale Theatre



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