Margaret McKowen


(Lighting and Costume Designer)

Margaret A. McKowen has worked as a costume, lighting and set designer in some 70 professional productions both in the U.S. and Europe. As resident designer for the Obie-award-winning Jean Cocteau Theater in New York City, McKowen has designed numerous shows, which include:

the Darius Milhaud score for Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, the Noble prize-winning poet Seamus Heany’s The Cure at Troy, and a recent production of Eve Adamnson adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.

Other recent New York highlights include McKowen’s lighting design for the World Premiere of Amber Patches starring Julie Harris at the Pendragon Theater (New York). Regional theater credits in 2000 include The Grapes of Wrath and Othello for The Arkansas Repertory Theater and Antony and Cleopatra and The Winter's Tale for both the Texas and Dallas Shakespeare Festivals. McKowen’s international design work includes The Baltimore Waltz (costumes, lights, and sets) for B.A.T. Studio Theatre (Berlin), Another Antigone at the Fringe Festival (Edinburgh), and Six Characters In Search of an Author for Teatro Alfa Real (Sao Paulo). Her opera credits include Così fan tutte, The Magic Flute, Albert Herring, and the World Premiere of The Boor at The Performing Arts Center (Austin). Representative examples of her design work can be seen in the texts, "Theatre: The Lively Art", and "The Theatre Experience."


McKowen received her Masters Degree in Design from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught in the Humanities Department at Dickinson College, both in Pennsylvania and in London, and currently holds the position of Chair for The Division of Theate and Dance at West Virginia University. McKowen wants to thank West Virginia University for their continuing support of her design career and particularly for their generous financial support of Wuornos.