Adjunct Professor of Theater
BA, 1977, Sarah Lawrence College, Dance
Margaret Eginton is a teacher, director, and performer with extensive international experience in both theater and dance. Her research and creative interests are in re-invigorating the classics, new play development, and interdisciplinary performance practice. Her pedagogical passion is to teach theater as both liberal art and technical skill, and to create bridges between theater, dance, and music.
Currently she is an Associate Professor and Head of Movement and Dance for the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota, Florida; Associate Director of the International Institute of Performing Arts/Paris; and a designated Master Teacher for the Atlantic Theater Company School in New York. She has headed programs at the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and the New York University Tisch School for the Arts/ Practical Aesthetics Workshop. She has taught her method of accessing artistic impulses and anatomic alignment, Eginton Alignment for Actors and Others, throughout Europe and the United States.
Her productions of plays have won many awards and traveled to Italy, France, Switzerland, and Russia. She began her career in Merce Cunningham’s dance company, and maintained her own dance company for 7 years. She has acted off-Broadway at Naked Angels, The Public Theater, American Place Theater, and Manhattan Class Company, starred on Broadway as ‘The Soloist’ with Bill Irwin in his 4 time Tony nominated Largely, New York, and her screen work includes Scent of Woman with Al Pacino. She was resident movement coach for the American Repertory Theater from 1998-2002. She has also worked in opera. Awards include: the New York dance and theater Bessie award, 2 Creative Loafing Best Direction awards, 1 Sarasota Herald Tribune Handy Award for direction, 2 Iowa Playwrights Festival best direction of new plays IRAM award, and the Crystal Bell from the International Volkov Theatre Festival in Yaroslavl, Russia. Fellowships and grants include: 3 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, 2 New York State Council for the Arts grants, JCT Foundation Grants, Dance Chance Grants, 3 Iowa Arts Fellowships, Backlot Arts space grant, SASBC grant, Amicus Foundation Grant, Trust for Mutual Understanding Travel Grant, American Dance Festival Fellowship.