Marguerite Hannah (Business Manager, Director of the Apprentice Company) started her adventures in theatre and the arts nearly 30 years ago first as an actor, then arts administrator, and now mentor.
As an actor, Marguerite has walked the boards of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (AL), Alliance Theatre (GA), Arena Stage (DC), Arkansas Rep (AR), Burning Coal Theatre (NC), Delaware Theatre (DE), Horizon Theatre (GA), Huntington Theatre (MA), Jomandi (GA), Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company (GA), Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OR), People’s Light & Theatre (PA), Players’ Theatre (OH), PlayMakers Rep (NC), 7 Stages (GA), St. Louis Black Rep (MO), Theatre in the Square (GA), Theatrical Outfit (GA) and Williamstown Theatre Festival (MA). Her roles at these theatres have included August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Two Trains Running, Piano Lesson, and Seven Guitars. She has given voice to Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky, Flyin’ West, and A Song for Coretta, as well as notable American dramas like The Amen Corner, Bus Stop, Raisin in the Sun, and The Glass Menagerie. Marguerite was recognized for her performance in the one-woman show Lady Day at Emerson Bar and Grill. She has also originated roles in Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery, Constant Star, Night Blooms, A Cool Drink A Water, and The Waffle Palace.
Marguerite has been Horizon Theatre’s Business Manager since 2006. Prior to this position, she worked several summers on the production team of the National Black Arts Festival starting with the very first in 1988 and was also a staff member of Art Station, a multi-disciplined art center.
In November of 2012, Marguerite became Horizon Theatre’s Apprentice Company Director overseeing early career theatre artists interested in pursuing a career in playwriting, acting, stage management, and design.
A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association for over 25 years, Ms. Hannah received a Back Stage West 1997 Garland Award for Best Ensemble Performance in Blues for an Alabama Sky at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; St. Louis Black Rep Woodie Award Nomination 2002 for Best Supporting Actress in Waitin’ to Be Invited, Theatre in The Square; 2006 Jennie for Best Supporting Actor for Bus Stop; an ensemble member of the 2010 Suzi Award for Outstanding Production of a Play for Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery; and a 2010 and 2011 festival respondent and Irene Ryan Judge for Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region IV. Marguerite was a member of the 2011 class of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta and a magna cum laude graduate of Howard University in Public Relations and Journalism.