Margaret Baldwin

Biography

Margaret Baldwin writes plays and teaches theatre, with a strong belief that the writing makes her a better teacher, and the teaching makes her a better writer.

She believes Chekhov and Williams elevate the family story to its proper place, folktales reveal what truly endures, and college students keep you honest.


A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Margaret Baldwin has written and directed plays and performance works throughout the US. Her most recent play, Night Blooms, received its world premiere at Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta (2010), directed by Karen Robinson. The play is enjoying its mid-Atlantic premiere this season at Virginia Repertory Theatre in Richmond, directed by Artistic Director, Bruce Miller.

Night Blooms earned Baldwin the 2011 Gene Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award, the top honor given to playwrights from the Atlanta community. The play was named one of the top plays of 2010 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and ArtsCriticATL.com and was featured in American Theatre Magazine (October 2010). Baldwin and Horizon Theatre also 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.

Baldwin’s plays for young audiences include Tom Thumb the Great, commissioned by Georgia Shakespeare (2008); Monkey King, commissioned by Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre and Performance Studies (2005); and Alice Through the Wonderglass, commissioned by Synchronicity Performance Group (2003). She regularly writes and directs for the stage with students and colleagues from the KSU Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, where she teaches and serves as Lecturer and Interim General Education Coordinator. Her recent KSU production of The Eiffel Tower Wedding Party by Jean Cocteau (co-directed with Karen Robinson) was featured at the Festival International de Théatre Universitaire de Casablanca in Morocco (2012), where it won two awards.

Baldwin has 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.