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Peggy Shannon

MFA Directing
Class of 1986
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Dr. Peggy Shannon is a professional director and a professor of theatre. For the past eight years she has served as Chair of the School of Performance at Ryerson University in Toronto. In Canada her directing work has premiered at Koerner Hall (Toronto), the Ryerson Theatre, and the Parodos Festival. In America, her creative work has been produced at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, L.A. Theatre Works, Mixed Blood Theatre, the New Jersey, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, California and Oregon Shakespearean Festivals, the Portland Repertory Theatre, Long Beach Civic Light Opera, at the International City Theatre, and the Sacramento Theatre Company. Internationally, she has worked at the Old Vic National Youth Theatre (UK), Hydrama Theatre & Arts Centre in Greece, and has toured theatre productions to Delphi, Elefsina, Spetses, and Poros, all in Greece. She served as the Associate Producing Director of L.A. Theatre Works where she directed and co-produced 36 plays for National Public Radio affiliate KCRW. In 2016-2017, Shannon conceived, launched, and now serves as the Producing Artistic Director of the Parodos Festival ( in downtown Toronto. Awards include her selection as a Fulbright Senior Specialist; an Arts Leadership Award from the Northern California Arts & Business Council; Outstanding Artist and Arts Education Leader from the California Educators for Theatre Alliance (CETA), and “Best Literary Adaptation for the Stage” (Sacramento News and Review) for her adaption into a Bollywood play of the short story “Clothes” from Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Arranged Marriage.

She is the recipient of numerous grants totaling well over $1 million. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of California; an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington; and a PhD from Royal Holloway University of London.  Her enquiry into the therapeutic value of Greek tragedy with special emphasis on the female, her investigation into complex cultural, social, educational, and economic challenges of immigration/migration at “home” and “abroad”, and her commitment to the development of new work that pairs emerging talent with seasoned professionals have guided her creative research and practice over the past decade.  In Canada, Shannon was the twice recipient of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grants, an Ontario Arts Council Grant and most recently an RBC Immigrant, Diversity, and Inclusion grant.