David-Edward Hughes

Artistic Director


David has been directing /producing /and writing for way too many of his nealy 60 years. A specialist in directing play readings and concert versions of musicals, his most recent venture was the critical and audience hit staged concert production of Jerry Herman’s classic romance of old Hollywood, MACK & MABEL, in collaboration with and performed at Second Story Rep in Redmond, WA. Previous to that he helmed MAME in concert for APPLAUSE Musicals Society in Vancouver, BC. At Showtunes Theatre he directed IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! IT’S SUPERMAN!, DO I HEAR A WALTZ?, PROMISES,PROMISES, and the new  Charles Strouse musical DANCING WITH TIME, as well as being the Co-Founder of the company, and serving in its first decade as Co-Producing Artistic Director.

Locally he has also directed Seattle Musical Theatre’s well-received 2010  production of THE PAJAMA GAME , as well Asst Director for Steve Tomkins’ Village Theatre hit productions of OKLAHOMA!  (2002) and MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS. His two most recent acting roles , Herr Schultz in CABARET at SecondStory Rep and Otto in THE FOOD CHAIN at NW Actors Studio were two of his favorites among several dozen roles.  Known affectionately by his peers as the “Musical Theatre Yoda” of Seattle, David coaches musical theatre students privately., and boasts Broadway dynamo Ann Harada as an early “shining star” student.  He is also a theatre journalist for Talkin’ Broadway and Seattle Gay Scene.

He notably wrote, conceived and directed several productions of his originally conceived BROADWAY MALADIES! forgotten musical revue series at the late lamented Cabaret DeParis and Re-bar,and is writing book,music and lyrics for the new original musicals NOT MY REALITY and A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FESTIVAL. David and his spouse, SOLT Visuals and Video Designer James W. Spear, reside in Renton, WA with their boy and girl cats Millie Dilmount and Trevor Graydon.  Sing Out Louise fulfills his bucket list dream of founding a musical theatre organization “with its heart and head” in the right place, and is grateful to all past collaborators, teachers and life friends along the road.