Erika Hughes is a director, dramaturg, applied theatre maker, and cultural historian. She is Academic Lead in Performance at the University of Portsmouth, UK, where she also leads the BA (Hons) in Drama and Performance course.
Since 2013 Dr. Hughes has led The Veterans Project, an international performance-oral history research initiative that uses performance to foster dialogue among military veterans and the civilian communities in which they live. Prior to joining UP she was Assistant Professor of Theatre for Youth and Jewish Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, USA. Dr. Hughes earned her PhD in Theatre and Drama from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has held fellowships at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Technische Universität Berlin, and the Universität Bonn. Her articles and reviews have been published in Theatre Topics, Research in Drama Education, the Journal of European Studies, Performance Research, Youth Theatre Journal, the Brecht Yearbook, and Theatre Journal, as well as a number of edited volumes. She has delivered keynote addresses and presented her research in forums around the world.
Her work as a director and deviser of performance has been seen on stages in the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Israel, and Pakistan.