Meet the cast: Steven Cole Hughes of 'An Act of God'

Steven Cole Hughes, left, with Wesley Taylor in ‘An Act of God.’ Photo by Adams VisCom.

The archangel Michael in An Act of God

Steven Cole Hughes QuoteSteven Cole Hughes is a playwright, actor, director and educator. He has spent 11 seasons as an actor with the DCPA Theatre Company, with credits including Just Like Us, All My Sons, Blue/Orange, The Lonesome West, The Three Sisters, The Misanthrope, Hamlet and Tantalus. He has spent six seasons with Creede Repertory Theatre and three seasons with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. He teaches playwriting for DCPA Education, and is a Resident Playwright at Creede Rep. His full-length plays include The Bad Man, Billy Hell (Denver Post Ovation Award for Best New Work), Slabtown, cowboyily, Arabia, Battleground State, Dogs by Seven, and Poor Devils.  Productions and commissions have come from Bloomington Playwrights Project, The Coterie Theatre, Curious Theatre Company, DCPA Theatre Company and the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. He is the co-artistic director of Fight or Flight, a New York City-based theatre company for whom he has adapted and directed Shakespeare’s Richard II and Henry V, and Melville’s Moby Dick. He won the 2011 Denver Post Ovation Award for Special Achievement for his trilogy of plays The Billy Trilogy.

  • Twitter-sized bio: I’m a new father and an actor. In that order.
  • Hometown: Born in Syracuse (New York), grew up in Indiana, lived in Chicago and New York City, but Denver is my hometown now. 
  • Training: I have a B.A. in Theatre from Indiana University, and I am a proud graduate of the Denver Center’s National Theatre Conservatory
  • What was the role that changed your life? When I was younger and living in Chicago, I was in one of my favorite plays by one of my favorite playwrights – A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard – and I realized that I wasn’t very good. That’s when I decided to come to Denver to go to grad school.
  • Steven Cole Hughes. Teen playwriting. Photo by John Moore. Why are you an actor? I hated running, so professional soccer player wasn’t going to happen.
  • Ideal scene partner: First choice is Meryl Streep, always. Second choice is David Tennant. (The nerds know what I’m talkin’ about!)
  • Why does An Act of God matter? This play does what good theatre should: It delivers a serious message while still being super funny and entertaining.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of seeing it? I hope they laugh – a lot – but also listen to what is being said.
  • Finish this sentence: “All I want is …”
    “…Heather and Birdie (my wife and daughter).”

(Pictured above right: Steven Cole Hughes has been involved in DCPA’s year-round teen playwriting program for the past three years. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.)

Steven Cole Hughes. The Lying Kind. TheatreWorks
Steven Cole Hughes appeared with Sammie Joe Kinnett in ‘The Lying Kind,’ also directed by Geoffrey Kent, for Colorado Springs TheatreWorks in 2014.

An Act of God: Ticket information

• The story: God takes human form in this critically acclaimed new comedy direct from Broadway. He’s finally arrived to set the record straight.
• Through March 12, 2017
• Garner-Galleria Theatre
• ASL interpreted, Audio-described and Open Captioned performance: TBA
• Tickets: 303-893-4100 or Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
• Groups: Call 303-446-4829

Selected Previous NewsCenter coverage:
Wesley Taylor, An Act of God
Casting announced for An Act of God
A day in the busy life of Director Geoffrey Kent
Interview: Geoffrey Kent on a laugh-a-minute God
Geoffrey Kent’s 2015 True West Award

More 2016-17 DCPA Theatre Company ‘Meet the Cast’ profiles:

Aubrey Deeker, The Glass Menagerie
Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Frankenstein
Meridith C. Grindei, Frankenstein
Sullivan Jones, Frankenstein
Mark Junek, Frankenstein
Charlie Korman, Frankenstein
Amelia Pedlow, The Glass Menagerie
Jessica Robblee, Frankenstein and Siren Song
John Skelley, The Glass Menagerie

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