The Daughters of Ireland in America, Women Writers

Gateway Performance Productions (
Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day Observed and Women’s History Month with a special event…

The Daughters of Ireland in America, Women Writers

Spoken Word Readings with Piano
Conceived, adapted and directed by Sandra Hughes
Performed by Tyner Rushing, Sandra Hughes and Michael Hickey
Solo Piano – John Burke (Grammy Nominated Composer/Pianist)

The event will also include a related literary exhibit created by the Special Collections staff of the Atlanta-Fulton Central library and a large scale art installation — The Phoenix , Atlanta & Ireland — by Gateway artists Michael Hickey and Sandra Hughes. The installation was originally commissioned for exhibit by the 2016 Art on the Atlanta Beltline. The installation is available for purchase. Contact: for details.

Saturday, March 11, 2017 @ 3 pm
Free Admission

Reservations can be made at this link:
The event is free and seating is general.
Reservations are not required, but it’s very helpful to know who plans to attend.

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Auditorium
Central Library
One Margaret Mitchell Square
Atlanta, GA 30303

Directions by MARTA (There’s a stop directly in front of the library) and directions by car.

Special Thanks to the Atlanta-Fulton Central Public Library /Special Collections (Staff Members: John Wright, Danny Metha), the Consulate General of Ireland in Atlanta (Consul General Shane Stephens, Staff Members: Carol Jordan, Sondra Reed), Georgia State University, Music Department (Bram Creighton).

This project is supported in part by the Consulate General of Ireland in Atlanta, the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Culture Affairs and the Fulton County Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts and Culture.

Community Partners
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
Central Library

Georgia State University
School of Music

The One and Only Ivan

I’ve been working with Synchronicity Theatre since last September to cast The One and Only Ivan and will be the production’s choreographer.
The show opens in Atlanta on Feb 3.

The One and Only Ivan

February 3 – February 26, 2017

Produced in Partnership with Gateway Performance Productions
Adaptation by James E. Grote
From the Newbery Award-Winning Book by Katherine Applegate

Directed by Julie Skrzypek
Movement & Choreography by Sandra Hughes
Scenic, Props & Puppet Design by Michael Hickey
Lighting Design by Ben Rawson
Costume Design by Abby Parker

Renita James Julia, Various
Chris Hecke Ivan
Benjamin Sims George, Various
Jeffrey SneEd Mack, Bob, Various
Precious West Stella, Various *

*Denotes member of Actors Equity Association.

Synchronicity Theatre
One Peachtree Pointe Complex
1545 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309


Free Creative Writing Workshops

Free Creative Writing Workshops 2016
For Adults of All Ages
Instructor: Sandra Hughes
Third Mondays
Noon- 1:30 pm
July 18,
Aug. 22
Sept 19
Oct.  17
Nov. 21
Dec. 19
Atlanta- Fulton Public Library System
1463 Pryor Road
Atlanta, GA 30315
Free Parking is available at the library.

Teaching a Writing Workshop April 23rd

I’ve been asked by the Circle of Chairs Community Writing Workshop to teach Saturday, April 23 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Findley Plaza in Little Five Points as a part of the Little Five Arts Alive project.

Creative Writing Class Mills group students 5Little Five Arts Alive is a project formed from a partnership between Horizon Theatre Company and the Little Five Points Community Improvement District, and supported by a grant from ArtPlace America.

For six months starting this Spring, theatre artists, dancers, musicians, circus artists, and acts of all sorts will animate the outdoor spaces of L5P, creating a warm, welcoming, and artful place for our community and visitors. Combining ideas from the surrounding neighborhoods, local arts organizations, and L5P businesses, our goal is to enliven and strengthen the area while spotlighting the tremendous arts community we have in our area and in Atlanta.

For more information, visit

An Unexpected Nomination and Upcoming Events

Dear Friends,

This afternoon a phone call from a staff member at the Mayor’s office here in Atlanta notified me of an unexpected nomination for a community award based on the ongoing creative writing classes and workshops I teach through Gateway Performance Productions for senior citizens at a variety of Atlanta  venues.

On Monday, May 18, 2015. I am to arrive at Atlanta City Hall and report to the mayor’s cabinet room where refreshments will be served. After this  “Honorees will be recognized at a noon press conference and at the 1pm Council meeting.”

I am deeply honored to be nominated and  to have this opportunity to highlight the importance of enrichment programs to the physical, mental and spiritual health of the elders in our community.

Upcoming Events

June 13, Creative Writing Workshop: Free, Seniors and  Younger Adults, 10:15-11:30 am, Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility, Sandra Hughes Instructor,

June, 13, CD Release and Live Concert: Free,  8 pm,  Oglethorpe University Museum, Kairos — Piano, Spoken Word and Flute, John Burke and Sandra Hughes

June 15, Creative Writing Workshop: Free, Adults, noon- 1 pm, Georgia Hill Branch, Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library, Sandra Hughes Instructor,

Ongoing, Creative Writing Classes: Free, Age 55 and Up, Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility,Sandra Hughes Instructor,