2017 Arts & Cultural Hall of Fame Inductees
Arts and Cultural Hall of Fame
Edmonton’s Arts and Cultural Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to honour outstanding individuals and groups whose work in arts and culture has brought recognition to Edmonton.
These outstanding individuals and groups, through their artistic or multicultural achievements, have brought honour and distinction to the city and have made exemplary contributions to the quality of life in Edmonton.
John Hudson Artist/Builder
John Hudson was well on his way to becoming a lawyer when he got sidelined by the requirement for an arts option at the University of Alberta. “I took something like introduction to acting and absolutely loved the course. I still hold a sense of wonder for theatre. Each time out is an adventure.”
The Executive Director and one of the founders of the newly refurbished Varscona Theatre and co-founder and Artistic Director of Shadow Theatre, Hudson has played many roles on the theatre scene in Edmonton. As an actor he has performed with nearly every theatre organization, from the Fringe to the Citadel, and has directed in almost every theatre venue in Edmonton. In 1998, he was recognized as one of the University of Alberta Drama Department’s “most distinguished graduates.”
Hudson is equally comfortable in a management role. “I’ve always felt that arts organizations need to be able to be well managed and sustain themselves. The business side is always a challenge. But it’s actually something I quite enjoy.”
As Artistic Director of Shadow Theatre, Hudson implemented a successful new play development program. He has directed more than 100 plays and won the outstanding production award at the Edmonton Fringe Festival 3 times. He also served 3 years on the Edmonton Arts Council, one as Chair.
Hudson was the driving force behind the Varscona Theatre reconstruction. With up to 350 performances per year, the Varscona Theatre is one of the busiest theatre spaces in Canada. As CEO, Hudson was a key member of the team that raised over $7.5 million for the theatre’s rebuilding. He is working now to build the theatre into a major cultural centre for Edmonton. “When we finished the building, the last two years were exhausting and draining. Now I feel revved up and ready to go. Why rest now? It’s time to take another leap!”
“I really feel that if your company is in good shape financially, it makes the art thrive.”
For a complete list of the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees please click here.