Fiona Hutchison

Born in Miami, Drama teacher Fiona Hutchison lived in Jamaica, West Indies, until she was 10. Recognizing her talent for performance and dance, her parents fostered her love of the arts. Ms. Hutchison trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theater, both in New York. Her dance career was cut short due to a fall while rehearsing the lead role in Giselle as a guest artist with The Cuban Conservatory Ballet in Florida.

Ms. Hutchison began a career as a model and professional actress and starred in movies with Rod Steiger, Yvonne DiCarlo, Michael J. Pollard, and Neil Dixon. She has performed extensively in theater and television and became well known for her portrayal as Gabrielle Medina on ABC’s One Life to Live; she then went on to create the role of Jenna Bradshaw on CBS' Guiding Light, for which she received an Emmy nomination.

With her husband, John Viscardi, Ms. Hutchison co-founded The Copake Theater Company in 2003. In addition to the main stage productions, she established the “10-Minute High School Playwriting Competition,” helping dozens of students create and produce their own plays. She also ran the educational arm of the Company, teaching and organizing all the student workshops. Ms. Hutchison co-directed and assisted in a number of productions at Hawthorne Valley School in Ghent, NY, before becoming Performing Arts Chair at York Prep.