Artistic Leadership

Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill – Producing Artistic Director

Maggie has directed more than 100 productions and has worked on, off, off-off Broadway and in regional theatres throughout the US. Since 1995, Maggie has served as Producing Artistic Director for theREP, where her favorite productions include the world premiere of William Kennedy’s GRAND VIEW, NORA, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, RED, SHE LOVES ME, OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, RACE, RED, MY FAIR LADY, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS, THE CRUCIBLE, INTIMATE APPAREL, METAMORPHOSES, TERRA NOVA and most recently, RING OF FIRE. Maggie directed Allan Knee’s SYNCOPATION for theREP, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and last spring for Ensemble Theatre Company in Santa Barbara, CA. In addition to her directing work, Maggie has authored and co-authored plays for theREP’s On the Go touring productions for young audiences, including SLEEPY HOLLOW, PURE POE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THEY BUILT AMERICA: THE IMMIGRANTS WHO BUILT THE ERIE CANAL, FRIEND OF A FRIEND: AFRICAN AMERICAN HEROES OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IN THE CAPITAL REGION (with Jill Rafferty) and HENRY H: THE PERPLEXING CASE OF HENRY HUDSON (with Maureen Aumand). Before her tenure at theREP, Maggie served as Producing Director of Urban Stages in NYC, as Artistic Director for Theatre Under Glass in Denver and worked on the staffs of The Women’s Project and Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC. She has taught acting at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and master acting seminars for the Capital Region Center for the Arts. Maggie received a Directors Project Fellowship from the Drama League of New York and holds an MFA in directing from Columbia University. She has served on the Boards of the HB Studio, the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau and is a member of the Forum for Executive Women (Capital Region chapter) and Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC. She was honored by the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber’s Women’s Business Council as one of the 100 Women of Excellence, was awarded the “Distinguished Leadership Award,” by the Chamber’s National Association for Community Leadership and is a recipient of the Norman S. Rice Award for Excellence in Arts, Culture and Education. She is the proud mother of Andrew, who is a film editor in Los Angeles.

Margaret E. Hall – Assistant Artistic Director.

Margaret has worked internationally as a director, stage manager and drama teacher. As theREP’s Assistant Artistic Director Margaret runs the annual Next Act! New Play Summit, directs on the mainstage, works as the producer for the On-The-Go! in-school touring program, and oversees both the Young Playwright Contest and the Summer Stage Young Acting Company – frequently directing the Summer Stage productions. She made her mainstage debut at theREP with the theatre’s 2017 production of AN ILIAD and will be directing the World Premiere of RED MAPLE in early 2019, a script that came out of the theatre’s Next Act! New Play Summit 6. Margaret also worked as Assistant Director on theREP’s 2015 production of HAMLET, directed by Kevin McGuire. In addition, Margaret has been directing the company’s On-The-Go! in-School Touring Productions for the past six years, reaching thousands of students from the Capital Region and beyond, with stories that focus on New York State History and Classical Literature. Such On-The-Go! titles include: A FRIEND OF A FRIEND: AFRICAN AMERICAN HEROES OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IN THE CAPITAL REGION, ALICE IN WONDERLAND (which she co-adapted), PETTICOATS OF STEEL, A MIDSUMMR NIGHT’S DREAM, SLEEPY HOLLOW, THEY BUILT AMERICA: WORKERS OF THE ERIE CANAL, PURE POE, THE REMARKABLE AND PERPLEXING CASE OF HENRY HUDSON!, HARRIET TELLS IT LIKE IT IS!, AN ILIAD (which she adapted into a 50minute version), and SHAKESPEARE: THE REMIX. Other directorial credits include: CIRCUS OLYMPUS, INTO THE WOODS JR., DISNEY’S THE ARISTOCATS KIDS’, PETER PAN AND WENDY, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and THE JUST SO STORIES, as well as readings with Troy Foundry Theatre and Theater Voices. While studying overseas, she proudly worked as a member of Conflict Relief: The Arab Israeli Theatre Collaboration, which toured its sketch comedy production, THE ARAB, THE JEW AND THE CHICKEN, throughout London and to the Edinburgh Theatre Festival. Margaret is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, holds a BA in Theatre Arts from SUNY New Paltz, and an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Essex in London.