Born in London, England, Hugh Macgregor joined St. Paul's School in 2016 as theatre teacher, director of the theatre program, assistant coach of JV field hockey, and resident adviser in Simpson House.
Mr. Macgregor gained a B.A. in politics from the University of Exeter (1999) and trained as an actor at the Oxford School of Drama (2001). He worked as an actor and director for several years before qualifying as a teacher (P.G.C.E., 2006). He joined Wellington College, U.K., in 2009 and, in seven years, held numerous roles including head of the drama department,field hockey and cricket coach (with three unbeaten seasons), and served as an adviser. In 2015, he gained an M.A. in Advanced Teaching of Shakespeare from the University of Warwick, a course taught by the Royal Shakespeare Company. To date, he is one of just two graduates with distinction. During this M.A. course Mr. Macgregor started his work with the RSC, a partnership he is keen to build at St. Paul's.
As well as directing in the St. Paul's theatre, Mr. Macgregor teaches theatre and acting, with classes rooted in understanding the relationship between theatre and the socio-political conditions in which it is made. As such, courses on Shakespeare are as much of an exploration of the modern world as courses on contemporary theatre are a lens through which to explore classical philosophy. Mr. Macgregor has directed over 70 productions, professional and amateur, including national and international tours. He is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Mr. Macgregor lives in Simpson with his wife, the novelist Virginia Macgregor, their daughter, Tennessee Skye, and two mad cats, Viola and Sebastian. Mr. Macgregor enjoys spending time with his family and is an aspiring playwright, whilst Mrs. Macgregor's work is published by HarperCollins U.K. (young adult fiction) and Little, Brown U.K. (adult fiction). Her work is critically acclaimed and has been translated into over a dozen languages.