Kennesaw State University

Margaret Baldwin

Kennesaw State University
Senior Lecturer, General Education Coordinator
Performance becomes the vehicle by which we travel the worlds of subjects and [question] how we categorize who is us and who is them, and how we see ourselves with other and different eyes. D. Soyini Madison "Critical Ethnography: Method, Ethics, and Performance"
Margaret Baldwin, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, has produced her plays and ensemble theatre works throughout the US. Her most recent play, "Night Blooms," received its world premiere at Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta, September 2010, directed by KSU faculty member Karen Robinson, and its Mid-Atlantic regional premiere at Virginia Repertory Theatre in September 2012. "Night Blooms" won the Gene Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award in 2011 and was named one of the top plays of 2010 by both the "Atlanta Journal Constitution" and ArtsCriticATL.com; Margaret and "Night Blooms" were featured in an interview for American Theatre Magazine (October 2010). Developmental workshops and readings of "Night Blooms" include Horizon’s New South Play Festival (2006-9), Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s PlayFest, the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, MN, Working Title Playwrights, and the KSU New Works and Ideas Festival. Margaret and Horizon Theatre received a National AT&T Onstage Award for the world premiere of her play "Her Little House," named one of the Best New Plays of 2004 by the "Atlanta Journal Constitution." Her family plays include "Tom Thumb the Great," commissioned and produced by Georgia Shakespeare (2008) and developed in collaboration with the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies (TPS); and "Alice Through the Wonderglass," commissioned and produced by Synchronicity Performance Group (2003). Other recent works, "You Always Go Home," "Monkey King," and "Roland’s Song: A War Story" were commissioned and produced by the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies. "Monkey King," funded in part by the Coca-Cola Foundation, traveled to the People's Republic of China for a festival at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Her production of "The Eiffel Tower Wedding Party," by Jean Cocteau, toured to Morocco in July 2012 where it garnered two awards at the International Festival for University Theatre in Casablanca. Margaret’s solo works "The Wet Nurse Sings" and "The Deepest Part of the Creek" (2003) were published by Heinemann Press in "Monologues for Women" edited by the Playwrights’ Center. Her collaborative theatre work on global water issues,"Without Which Nothing," was developed with Out of Hand Theater and featured at Emory University’s Brave New Works Festival (April 2011). Margaret holds an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Playwrights’ Center, and Theatre Communications Group. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Paul Pendergrass, and serves as Lecturer and General Education Coordinator in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at KSU.

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