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Hugh Copeland

Hugh R. Copeland is the founder and artistic director of The Hurrah Players Family Theatre Company and performing arts academy. Hurrah’s newly acquired second building in Norfolk’s arts district has been named The Hugh R. Copeland Center.  Hugh holds a master’s degree in acting from Smith College with post graduate work from the University of Massachusetts. He received the city of Norfolk’s first “Arts Star” award, the 2012 Equality Virginia Outstanding Virginian award, the Safe Harbor award, the Rita M. Costello Town-n-Gown Community Services Award from Old Dominion University, the Norfolk Cultural Affairs “All-Star Award”, The Lost Colony’s “Unsung Hero” award, and the distinguished adjunct faculty award from Old Dominion University. Hugh is the former chairperson of the Virginia Theatre Conference – Youth and Family Theatre Division, and the Virginia representative to the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Under Hugh’s leadership, The Hurrah Players have performed for the Pearl Harbor Fourth of July celebration, the American Embassy in London, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and the dependents’ cruises for the U.S. Navy.

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