Other Interests / Recent Undertakings:
- Her publications include “Affirmative Shakespeare at Canada’s Stratford Festival” which appeared in Essays in Theatre, 17.2 (May 1999): 139–63. This article was awarded the Richard Plant Award by The Association for Canadian Theatre Research. She has also published “Stratford and the Aspirations for a Canadian National Theatre,” in Shakespeare in Canada “A World Elsewhere”? University of Toronto Press, Fall 2002. Margaret is currently working on a book on Canada’s Stratford Festival from a cultural materialist perspective. She is also midway through a major, book–length project concerning women directors of Shakespeare in Britain, 1879 to the present. Through her research she has uncovered hitherto unacknowledged work by women directors in the early twentieth century. The eventual book will also discuss in detail the work of such figures as Joan Littlewood, Buzz Goodbody, Katie Mitchell, Claire Venables, and Di Trevis. As a change from her researches related to the production of Shakespeare, Margaret also does work in the analysis of popular culture, including the British television series of the 60s, The Avengers.
- In addition to her scholarly and teaching career, Margaret has worked as an actor and director in Canadian theatre for over twenty–five years. After training as an actor in England and Canada, she gained professional experience as an actor on the stage, and in TV and film. Her acting credits include: Masha in Three Sisters, Sister George in The Killing of Sister George, Paulina in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Harriet in Back to Beulah. Professional directing credits include Stephen Poliakoff’s Hitting Town, and various works by Tennessee Williams.
- In recent years she has been directing a range of plays for The Black Hole Theatre Company at the University of Manitoba, including Pinter’s The Birthday Party, Moliere’s Tartuffe and Shakespeare’s As You Like It. For Pinter Fest in January 2003, she directed The Hot House for the Black Hole Theatre Company and participated in the Panel “Memory, Silence, Control: Power.” In September 2003, she founded the theatre company called The Adriana Theatre Collective, and received a grant from the Manitoba Arts Council to produce a Delicate Balance as part of Albee Fest in January–February 2004. She played the role of Claire in this production.