Margit Ahlin

Margit Ahlin (Playwright, Climbing Everest) co-founded (with actor and director Al D'Andrea) and for nine years served as literary manager and later managing director of the Third Step Theatre Company, an off-Broadway company in New York City devoted to new works. Third Step produced several pieces she authored, including the musicals The Christmas Bride (with composer/lyricist Noel Katz) and The Elephant Piece (with composer/lyricist/co-author Darryl Curry), and the plays Great X-ing and Onlyman (co-authored with D'Andrea).

After moving to California in 1993, Margit continued writing, penning lyrics to Mesmerized (with author D'Andrea and composer Curry) which received a workshop at the Women's Club of Hollywood and is under production consideration at Theatre @ St. Clements in New York. Her short play The Persons' Court has been produced four times - at 92nd Street Y in New York, at the Secret Rose Theatre's 10 minute Play Festival (where it was a prize winner), at the Spot Cabaret in Silver Lake (an ALAP festival winner) and its first outing at Third Step in New York. Her musical The Freaks' Club (with composer/co-author Thomas Adams) was part of the New Tuners' Stages 2001 Festival of New Musicals in Chicago, and that same year The Christmas Bride received a lavish production at Foy Hall in Bethlehem, PA. Previously her musical George Q (with composer Curry) was seen at the Theatre @ St. Clement's in New York. Her play A Maid of Honor was workshopped by The Playwrights Group in Hollywood, and that group also produced her short play The Creche as part of the show Seven Playwrights Exposing Themselves at Gardner Stages.

Margit also writes children's books (notably The Sock Who Lost His Mate), screenplays (including The Last Mammoth) and magazine articles (Your Cat and Its Wild, Wild Cousins for CAT FANCY), and gives lectures both funny and informative at the Los Angeles Zoo (most famously "The Avian Olympics").

Margit is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and the Actors and Directors Lab in New York, and is a member of the Dramatists' Guild and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

Submitted on April 1, 2005