Xunesis Advising Partner
Margaret Lynch, PhD

Margaret Lynch is an independent producer.   As founder and producing director of Pathway Productions, an ensemble that creates theater-based presentations for corporate training, Dr.  Lynch has written and directed more than twenty scripts about workplace issues between 1994 and the present.  She has managed more than fifty projects from idea development and budgeting through performance delivery for such diverse clients as TRW, the Cleveland Clinic, the US Department of Agriculture, LTV Steel, BP Oil, the Cleveland Children's Museum, and CWRU Weatherhead School of Management.   Under her leadership, Pathway Productions has also developed several independent theatrical presentations, including touring productions of folk tales for young audiences.   In 1999, Dr.  Lynch directed and produced a staged reading of Marsinah by Indonesian playwright Ratna Sarumpaet at the Cleveland Public Theatre.  In May 2000, she produced and directed Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida at the Cleveland Black Box Theatre in Cabaret Dada. 

She also co-founded and currently serves as co-director of the Cleveland Theater Collective, a service organization that supports the professional development of Cleveland-area theaters and theater artists by promoting collaborative ventures,  offering workshops, and coordinating networking opportunities.  From 1987-1994, she developed and produced educational and outreach programming for Great Lakes Theater Festival, where she served as dramaturg from 1983 to the 2002.  For its annual outreach touring program, Great Lakes Theater Festival commissioned Dr. Lynch to adapt scripts--Lonne Elder III's Splendid Mummer in 1993 and Lorraine Hansberry's To Be Young, Gifted and Black in 1998–and to create an original script, Met By Moonlight, in 2003 as a counterpoint to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. 

As an independent writer, she has been a member of the Playwrights Unit of the Cleveland Play House since 1996.  Her first play, Crossroads Dancing, received a full production, directed by Caroline Jackson Smith, at Dobama Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio in January 2000, after receiving staged readings in January 1998 at the Next Stage Festival at the Cleveland Play House and at Dobama Theatre in June 1999.   A second play, The Heart Rising, received a staged reading at Dobama Theatre in June 2002.  Dr. Lynch was commissioned by the Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre to write the script for its holiday dance production, "The Night Before Christmas," which premiered in 2002 and was offered again in 2003. 

Dr.  Lynch received a B.A. from Marquette University in 1974, and a Ph.D. in English Literature in 1980 from the University of Chicago.  She is a past president of the Irish American Archives Society and has taught English Literature and Composition at the college level. 


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