Margaret Booker (Director/Writer)

Margaret Booker has directed over 100 productions at venues across the US, Europe, and Asia. She was founder and artistic director of Intiman Theatre in Seattle, where she also produced three international theatre festivals (Scandinavia, Germany, and Latin America). In 1996, with the support of the Asian Cultural Council (an affiliate of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund), she directed an all-Chinese cast in a Chinese-language production of August Wilson's Fences at the Beijing People's Art Theatre. Other directing credits include The Night of the Iguana for the Williamstown Theatre Festival with Maria Tucci and Names Naughton and for the Hartman with John Getz and Laurie Kennedy; Misalliance with Kate Burton, Frank Converse, and Jerome Kilty; The Three Sisters with Kate Burton, Paul Hecht, and Jerome Kilty; Dance of Death with Jean Smart; The Cemetery Club with Eileen Heckart, and Margaret Sanger: Unfinished Business at the Westport Country Playhouse and on national tour. Booker spent four years with the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference developing and directing new work and has been the artistic director of Florida's Asolo Theatre and the Hartman Theatre in Connecticut.

Honors include six Drama-Logue Awards for Amadeus, the Dean Goodman Choice Award for The Joy Luck Club, Florida's Handy Award for Centerburg Tales, and designation as a "Woman of Achievement" by Women in Communication and "Newsmaker of Tomorrow" by Time magazine. She has been a fellow at Rockefeller Conference and Study Center at Bellagio, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Centre d’Art i Natura in Farrera, Spain.

Margaret Booker trained as a director with Ingmar Bergman and Alf Sjoberg at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. Dr. Booker has taught at Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, and American Conservatory Theatre. Her second book, "Lillian Hellman and August Wilson: Dramatizing a New American Identity" is now available from Peter Lang in New York.