Marguerite Hannah (Associate Producer and Co-Director of the Apprentice Company) started her adventures in theatre and the arts 30+ years ago first as an actor, now as an arts administrator, emerging artist mentor and director.
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), True Colors Theatre Company (GA), Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OR), People’s Light & Theatre (PA), PlayMakers Rep (NC), 7 Stages (GA), St. Louis Black Rep (MO), 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.
In 2006, Marguerite joined Horizon Theatre’s administrative staff as Business Manager. Prior to this position, she worked several summers on the production team of the National Black Arts Festival. The opportunity to become Horizon’s Apprentice Company Director curating experiences for early career theatre artists interested in pursuing a career in playwriting, acting, stage management came in 2012. Marguerite’s responsibilities at Horizon Theatre have continued to grow and now encompass a full range of producing activities.
A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, Marguerite received a Back Stage West Garland Award for Best Ensemble Performance in Blues for an Alabama Sky at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; St. Louis Black Rep Woodie Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Waitin’ to Be Invited; Theatre in The Square Jennie Award for Best Supporting Actor in Bus Stop; and a Suzi Award for Outstanding Production of a Play for Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery.
Marguerite is a member of the National New Play Network (NNPN) Board of Directors, Board Treasurer of the Little 5 Points Center for Arts & Community, a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) Festival Selection Committee. She was a member of Arts Leader of Metro Atlanta Class of 2011 and is a proud alumnus of Howard University. She has also been a Georgia Council for the Arts Grant Review Panelist; a Georgia High School Musical Theatre Shuler Awards Adjudicator; and a KCACTF Irene Ryan Judge & Festival Respondent.