Hugh is an amazing man. He is pretty much single-handedly responsible for bringing improv to Hamilton. If it were not for him, I definitely would not be involved in improv or acting today, and I am sure that many others feel the same way.
Hugh is an emergency room doctor, devoted to saving lives. He is also a husband and a father of 2. Unlike most doctors who are content to sit around and live rich and cozy lives, Hugh pours his own money into keeping improv alive in Hamilton. He realized a dream about 5 years ago when he purchased the old Hydro building on Dundurn street and turned it into an incredible improv theatre.
Well, time and erosion have colluded, and the Staircase is temporarily out of action. But Hugh once again came to rescue, purchasing the building next door and turning the first floor into a rehearsal space. Thanks to him, improv will continue to be a presence in Hamilton.
It would be easy to be overwhelmed by Hugh, and all that he does. He could easily be considered an improv deity. Yet, the man himself is humble and nonassuming - a regular joe. He is a great guy to sit and chat with, and doesn't seem to have an egotistical bone in his body.
I have the utmost respect and love for this man, and hope to study under him for years to come.