"We are so lucky that we get to work in an environment that is creative and new and challenging and pushing boundaries."

Margaret Nelson is a freelance technical director and lighting designer. After graduating from Northwestern University, she worked for many companies, including the Lyric Opera School, Navy Pier, and the Dance Chicago festival. She has also been a part of the Dance For Life fundraiser since 1994, now working as the Production Stage Manager.

February 17, 2017:

woman wearing a headset and a parrot shirt in front of a theater lightboard

"It was truly the guts, the determination, the tenacity of some brilliant women in this city who realized the need to create a home like that for these companies."

"I take this as a responsibility and a challenge to make sure that I'm mentoring the smart, intelligent, brave women who are going to be the next generation of arts leaders."