Hugh Barnett (B.A., M.A.)
Hugh Barnett has worked professionally as a theatre and music artist in the Toronto area for over 15 years. A founding member of the Humber River Shakespeare Co., Hugh has performed and composed music for productions including Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, MacBeth, and As You Like It. With his Canadiana-folk roots group, Carrying Place, Hugh has performed in several venues around York Region, including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Laskay Hall, and Aurora Cultural Centre. In 2009, in celebration of the Humber River’s 10th anniversary as a designated Canadian Heritage River, Hugh was commissioned by the Toronto and Region Conversation Authority to compose the original song The Humber, which he subsequently performed at various public events organized to commemorate the occasion.
A certified Artist-Educator through the Royal Conservatory of Music, Hugh has delivered numerous workshops and in-service programs to teachers in the Dufferin-Peel school board around the topic of arts integration, including workshops on the Musical Futures pilot program. Hugh studied theatre at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and holds a M.A. from the University of Toronto in History. He is currently a teacher candidate in the Master of Teaching Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.