Margaret Toomey | Breakout Session
Session: Designing for Theatre with an Intersectional Lens
Margaret Toomey is an arts-activist, scenic and costume designer, photographer, and producer based in Seattle. She is dedicated to applying an intersectional lens to her work in the field of design, which often takes on the role of mentorship rather than ownership of design work. In 2011, Margaret presented her paper “Becoming a Feminist Designer: Troubling the Traditions of Design” at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Atlanta, sending her on this journey to apply Kimberlé Crenshaw’s Intersectionality Theory to modern design practices and shape new pedagogy. In 2017, Margaret completed a Seattle-based training with artEquity, and will be a part of the artEquity 2018 cohort in NOLA. Margaret’s award-winning designs have been seen in Seattle at Sound Theatre Company, Book-It Repertory, Seattle Shakespeare, Taproot Theatre, Theatre22; in the Bay Area at Broadway By the Bay, Hillbarn Theatre, Los Altos Stage Company; and in North Carolina at Triad Stage and UNC Greensboro. Margaret received her MFA in Scenography from UNC Greensboro and BA in Theatre from Grinnell College in Iowa.