Writer, Director, Teaching Artist
Margaret began her professional life as a dancer with Opera Australia in 1972 and since then she has developed a multi-faceted career as actor, director, writer and lecturer in the performing arts.
She has directed over fifty productions for leading theatres around Australia and with her own company, Two Planks and a Passion.
Her particular interest in physical theatre reflected in her original works Isis Dreaming and Spilling Bodies and the gothic horror novel adaptation, The Monk.
Other produced works include Mad Before Midday and The Woman on the Twenty Dollar Note, for which she received an AWGIE nomination for best play for young audiences.
In May 2017 with assistance of a grant from the Blue Mountains City of the Arts Cultural Trust
Margaret created and directed a production of a new work about food and memory, Breaking Bread, which featured a team of 16 writers and actors from the Blue Mountains area and had a sell-out season.
Margaret will stage a new work, Eating Pomegranates, in March, 2019. This production will use the same model as Breaking Bread, with food served as part of the event. The work, which celebrates bodies through all stages of life and death, has been developed through a QLab residency at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and the support of the Blue Mountains Cultural Trust.
Margaret lectured in Contextual Studies for the BA in Performing Arts at AIM for ten years and also freelances as a dramaturge and script assessor.
Her current writing projects include the plays Shearwater and Black Iris and a further group-created work set in the Blue Mountains, Lookout/Look Out!
Margaret is a regular presenter on Theatre on Radio Blue Mountains ARTHouse program.