RAGAN HUGHES is a resident director, choreographer at Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts in Oak Park, IL. After studying dance and on-camera/theatrical acting at studios across Chicago, Ragan began to focus her passion for performance into theatrical education and training for young performers. Having directed/choreographed nearly 40 productions over 6 years, Ragan prides herself on combining theatrical excellence with a positive, confidence-building experience for young performers. Highlights of Ragan's experience include three years of attending the Junior Theater Festival as a director/choreographer, most notably being awarded "Outstanding Production" in 2020 for Ovation's performance of Aristocats KIDS. In addition to directing, Ragan has also worked as a Young Performer Supervisor with Marriott Theater (Oliver!), and worked as an Assistant Choreographer/Youth Supervisor with CPA Theatricals (Land of Forgotten Toys).