Announces Appointment of
As New Artistic Director

Margo Hall photo Lisa Keating.jpg
MARGO HALL first female Artistic Director in the theatre's history

By Iride Aparicio

Photo Credit: lisakeatingphotography.com

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- San Francisco's premiere Black theatre company LORRAINE HANSBERRY THEATRE, announced the appointment of Bay Area theatre award-winning actor, director, playwright and educator MARGO HALL as its new Artistic Director.

In her many professional fields and for more than 30 years, MARGO HALL has been a leading presence in the Bay Area and now she will be the first female Artistic Director of the LORRAINE HANSBERRY THEATRE, in San Francisco, a theatre named after the Black female playwright of the play about the harassments suffered by a black family who had moved into a white community, A Raisin in the Sun, winner of two Tony Awards in 2004 and a nomination for Best Revival.

With a long career dedicated to bringing the stories of people of color to life, in her new role as Artistic Director, HALL will be committed to create a safe space for fostering Black artists, particularly Black female and nonbinary artists who continue to be deeply underrepresented. She will also be increasing society's exposure to diverse perspectives.

HALL and THE LORRAINE HANSBERRY THEATRE will also introduce THE LORRAINE HANSBERRY THEATRE FUND for NEW BLACK VOICES, dedicating resources to support, rising Black playwright, directors, choreographers, actors, and theatre makers.  Among the aims of this groundbreaking fund, is the support of new works developed at the theatre company.

So, as Artistic Director, Hall takes the helm of the LORRAINE HANSBERRY THEATRE at the time where the Black artists in city demand representation and we need change in the American theatre.

"I am thrilled to assume this position now during this dynamic, pivotal moment in our cultural history, as the nation turns its focus to Black Lives.' She says "This is an extraordinary opportunity to reach new levels of participation and offer meaningful and compelling works that speak to the Black community's issues, challenges, dreams, and accomplishments. Black Artists are not receiving the representation they deserve on our stages"

HALL says about the Fund for New Black Voices: "Transforming the systemic racism of the American theatre demands financial investment. It is crucial to pledge resources in order to amplify the works of talented artist of color and to ensure that diverse, essential stories take center stage. Presenting works by women of color is a part of LORRAINE HANSBERRY THEATRE's DNA. This theatre has long nurtured Black female playwrights such as NTOZAKE SHANGE early in their careers. In honor of our revolutionary Black female namesake, I aim to make this mission central to the operations of this theatre as its Artistic Director, further establishing THE LORRAINE HANSBERRY THEATRE as the place where emerging lay playwrights find a heaven to develop their voices.

To donate or read more about the LORRAINE HANSBERRY THEATRE FUND for new Black Voices Visit LHTsf.org/donate.