Margo Hall is an award-winning actor/director/playwright/educator in the Bay Area; she was recently appointed as the new Artistic Director of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre.
Acting credits include Black Odyssey*, Fences, Twelfth Night, A Raisin in the Sun, A Winter ‘s Tale, American Night: the Ballad of Juan Jose and SPUNK for California Shakespeare Theater; Jazz, Skeleton Crew, Gem of the Ocean, Fences and Seven Guitars for Marin Theater Company; Ah! Wilderness, Once in a Lifetime and Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet* at A.C.T.; Exit Strategy and Trouble in Mind* at Aurora Theater; Marcus Gardley’s A World in a Woman’s Hands for Shotgun Players; Barbecue* and The Motherfucker with the Hat at San Francisco Playhouse.
A founding member of Campo Santo, she appeared in Dennis Johnson’s Nobody Move, Chinaka Hodges’ Mirrors in Every Corner, Fe in the Desert and Stairway to Heaven by Jessica Hagedorn, Naomi Iizuka’s Hamlet: Blood in the Brain, 17 Reasons (Why), Polaroid Stories, the world premiere of floating weeds by Philip Kan Gotanda, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot by Jose Rivera, Bethlehem by Octavio Solis, and Hurricane by Erin Cressida Wilson.
She toured France with Word for Word as Missie May in The Gilded Six-Bits by Zora Neale Hurston, and Oceola in The Blues I’m Playing by Langston Hughes. Recent film credits include Leslie White in All Day and a Night and Nancy in Blindspotting.
She made her directorial debut with the world premiere of Joyride for Campo Santo, for which she was awarded Best Director by SF Weekly Black Box Awards. For Campo Santo, she also co-directed Erin Cressida Wilson’s award-winning The Trail of Her Inner Thigh with Rhodessa Jones, Hotel Angulo by Luis Saguar, and Sam Shepard’s Simpatico. Recent directing credits include How I Learned What I Learned for a Lorraine Hansberry Theater (LHT)/Ubuntu Theater/Marin Theatre Company co-production; Barbecue, Red Velvet and The Story, all three co-productions with San Francisco Playhouse and LHT; and Thurgood and Rejoice! for the LHT. Prior directing credits include Sonny’s Blues, a story by James Baldwin, for Word for Word, which toured France. She co-directed Bulrusher, a Pulitzer Prize finalist play by Eisa Davis, with Ellen Sebastian Chang, and Hamlet, Blood in the Brain, SPUNK, The Trojan Women, It Falls, Ragtime, and A Streetcar Named Desire for Chabot College.
Margo’s first play was The People’s Temple, written by a collaborative team of four writers using interviews and archival material to explore the People’s Temple movement and its tragic ending at Jonestown. The People’s Temple premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theater, and was also performed at Perseverance Theater in Juneau, Alaska, and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis; Margo was also a member of the acting ensemble. The play won the 2005 Glickman award for Best New Play in the Bay Area. In 2013, she premiered her semi-biographical piece, Be Bop Baby, a Musical Memoir, book and lyrics by Margo Hall, with original music composed by Marcus Shelby and featuring the 15-piece Marcus Shelby Orchestra. The piece chronicled her life growing up in Detroit with her jazz musician stepfather, who was with Motown.
*Denotes Theater Bay Area best actress award