McKinley Hughes (2016) began an acting apprenticeship immediately following her graduation at the Portland Playhouse in Portland, Oregon. Since then, she created a one-woman show entitled “Hangry” that was performed professionally in local theatres and was recently accepted into the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. McKinley also performed professionally as Puck in “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” and will be portraying a witch in “Macbeth” forthcoming. She also has the opportunity to direct children’s theatre works at the Portland Drama Club, where she also teaches improvisation, self-esteem, and various other workshops. In her free time, McKinley performs with an improv team called “Squirrel Approved.” In the future, she hopes to continue creating art that challenges people in her community. She also hopes to work with inmates in a women’s prison creating solo theatre pieces.