Peggy Shannon has directed plays and musicals at countless professional theatres across the United States and internationally including Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, L.A. Theatre Works, Mixed Blood Theatre, the New Jersey, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, California and Oregon Shakespearean Festivals, the Portland Repertory Theatre, Long Beach Civic Light Opera, the International City Theatre, the Sacramento Theatre Company, the Old Vic National Youth Theatre in London and at Hydrama Theatre in Greece. She has served as the Artistic Director of two major American theatres: A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle) and the Sacramento Theatre Company (Northern California.) She also served as the Associate Producing Director of L.A. Theatre Works. Ms. Shannon has been a professor and administrator at several American universities including the University of Southern California, the University of Washington, and for the past ten years at the University of California, Davis. She has served on many boards, some of which include the Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT), the Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board, the UC Davis School of Education Advisory Council and the International House Board of Directors. Awards include her selection as a Fulbright Senior Specialist; an Arts Leadership Award from the Arts & Business Council; Outstanding Artist and Arts Education Leader from the California Educators for Theatre Alliance (CETA); and recognication for her contribution to outstanding education and theatre in Greece. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington and is currently finishing a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London She trained as an actress in London, where she lived and worked professionally for many years.