Coquie has been involved within the performing arts since she was 12 years old. Her production company, 7th Child Entertainment Group was formed as a result of her increased desire to write, produce and direct.She attended Columbia College and studied Film. She has taught theater & acting classes to disadvantaged youth throughout the city of Chicago. She is an accomplished set designer & builder. In addition to writing at least six feature screenplays, she has written, produced, & directed over a dozen stage plays, and films.
According to the magazine The Independent, a monthly film magazine published by the American Institute of Film and Video (AIFV), Coquie Hughes has been named the 1st African American female to direct three feature films and the 1st African-American woman to ever write, produce and direct a digital feature (March 2003). She can also be seen in award winning filmmaker Yvonne Welbon’s documentary “Sisters In Cinema.”
In October 2003, CoquieHughes was honored by The 39th Annual Chicago International Film Festival Black Perspectives Committee in their “Reel Sisters in Film” poster exhibition at Depaul University.
Miss Hughes is also the Founder and Executive Director of Urban Chi Filmmakers, Inc., a non-for-profit program offered to the community in which individuals learn how to write, produce, direct and edit a short digital film.A native Chicagoan born November 7th on the WESTSIDE!!!. She is the 7th child of nine children born to her natural mother and the 7th child of 16 children.