Ian Hughes was born in Canada to English parents and emigrated to Aotearoa New Zealand when he was two. Hughes graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts in 1990 and, from there, moved into performance in film, TV and theatre. Credits include Topless Women Talk About Their Lives with Harry Sinclair, The Lord of the Rings, Bliss by Fiona Samuels, and Toa Fraser's Bare. In 2008, he wrote and performed his family history in Ship Songs with Auckland Theatre Company. Ten years ago, he stepped into directing and has directed over 500 episodes of Shortland Street, children’s show Kune’s Kitchen for TVNZ, music videos, episodes of Step Dave, and TV commercials for the last two Labour Party campaigns. Ian has several future projects bubbling away, from a modern retelling of the story of Lazarus, a sci-fi series to trying to get Ship Songs adapted to screen.
“Like so many here, I sometimes feel unsure of my place to stand but then I do projects like Things That Matter and it washes those doubts away. Stepping back on stage has been a thrill. Thank you, Anapela!”