Faculty & Staff Margaret Kelso, Dramatic Writing


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Education and Theatre Experience:


  • 1987 M.F.A. in Playwriting Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 1985 M.A. in English University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC.
  • 1982 B.A. in English Queens College, Charlotte, North Carolina, summa cum laude.

Types of Dramatic Writing

  • Plays
  • Musicals
  • Children's Plays
  • Interactive Computer Applications
  • Television Scripts
  • Film Scripts
  • Radio Plays
  • Adaptions
  • Mock Trials (for the legal profession)
  • Dramatic Presentation for Conflict Resolution
  • Scenes for Sensitivity Training

Theatrical Production of Original Plays

  • Critical Care (Two one-act plays: Bea and Medical Court) Humboldt State University, September 2004.
  • Outside Women on Stage, Plays in Progress, Eureka, CA August 2000 What if We took Out the Closet? Women on Stage, Plays in Progress, Eureka, CA August 1999.
  • The Sex in Question, Humboldt State University, December 1997.
  • The Big Bad Wolf and the Endangered Forest, (music and lyrics by Lawrence Goldberg), National tour by Artists International Management, Inc.; 1997-98; Portland Opera, Portland OR, December 1995,; (Workshop March, 1995).
  • Dreams: A Program for Black History Month, by the children of Hazelwood, PA. February, 1994; Hazelwood Library Theater.
  • Martin Luther King, January, 1994, Hazelwood Library Theater.
  • Connections, Spring 1991; Birmingham Lofts, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Bea, April 1995, Carlow College, Pittsburgh, PA; September 1994, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA; March 1990, West Beth Theater Center, NYC: a reading directed by Geralding Fitzgerald. April 1988, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. October 1987, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA. May 1982, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC.
  • Dealing in Justice: A New Civil Rights Musical, (Workshop with grant from Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas) wrote book and co-authored lyrics; December 1988, Carnegie Mellon Theater Company's Studio Showcase of New Plays, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Intensive Care, (Workshop),July 1988, Carnegie Mellon Theater Company's Studio Showcase of New Plays, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Tenth Anniversary Pittsburgh Regatta, (wrote book and lyrics) August 1987, Carnegie Mellon University / City Theater, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • The Lower Depths, (adaption), March 1987, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • A Christmas Carol, (co-authored adaption), December 1983, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte NC.
  • Hotsie Totsie, (book for musical revue), March 1983, Panache Room of the Magic Pan Restaurant, NYC.


Extensive dramaturgy, particularly on new plays and video scripts.

Interactive Drama for Computer Applications

  • Consultant for NASA SIMLAB, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Publication: "Dramatic Presence" by Margaret Thomas Kelso, Peter Weyhrauch and Joseph Bates, Presence, Volume 2, Number 1, Winter 1993.
  • Presentation: "Alternative Narrative Structures," American Association for Artificial Intelligence, San Jose, 1992.
  • Fellow of the Studio for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. Scripted works for models of interactive drama for computer.
  • Quest, March, August 1991.
  • Deadline Murder Mystery (Adaption of Infocom Deadline Game), October 1990.
  • Halloween Breakfast Trick or Treat, October 1990.
  • Bus Stop, May 1990.
  • Life Logic, Inc. (computer software developers) Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Other Theater Experience

  • Directing
  • Theater Management (Juniata College Theater)
  • Dramaturgy
  • Script Reader
  • Theater Development
  • Theater Public Relations

Theater Applicatoins in Other Fields

  • Consulted for Mock Trial for Cinrich and McConomy, Pittsburgh, PA. Invited workshop leader for International Conference for Advancements in Business (Using Dramatic Scenarios for Solving Interpersonal Conflicts).

Awards and Prizes

  • E. Roger Boyle Playwriting Award from the University of Virginia.
  • Anne R. Newman Award for Excellence in the study of English.
  • Majorie Blankenship Melton Award for Creative Writing.

Professional Organizations

  • Dramatists Guild
  • Association for Theater in Higher Education
  • American College Theater Festival
  • Theater Communications Group
photo: Margaret Kelso