Peggy McKowen’s association with CATF began in 2006, when she designed the costumes for Mr. Marmalade and Jazzland. She joined the full-time staff the following year. As designer, her work at CATF includes: costumes for Antonio’s Song: I Was dreaming of a son, The Welcome Guest, The Wedding Gift, Not Medea, Everything You Touch, 1001, H2O, Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah; and scenery for From Prague, Wrecks, and Gidion’s Knot.
Previously, Peggy was the resident designer for the Obie-award-winning Jean Cocteau Repertory in NY and the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble. Her regional theater work has been seen at Arkansas Repertory Theatre; Barrington Stage; Tennessee Repertory Theatre; Texas, Dallas and Houston Shakespeare Festivals; and Perseverance Theater. International theater work includes the B.A.T. Studio Theatre (Berlin, Germany); the Teatro Alfa Real (Sao Paulo, Brazil); and the E.T.A. Hoffmann Theatre (Bamberg, Germany). Additionally, Peggy designed the first full-length English speaking production of The Tempest performed in Beijing, China, and the first Mandarin translation of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying for the Seven Stages Production Company in Beijing.
She is a member of United Scenic Artists 829 and has served on the board of the National New Play Network. Peggy was the featured artist in the exhibition, High Drama: Costumes from the Contemporary American Theater Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts, Washington County and a four city traveling show through West Virginia. In 2018, Peggy was named West Virginia Artist of the Year at the Governor’s Arts Awards and was recognized by WV Living Magazine as one of the 2019 Wonder Women of the Year. Peggy is also the co-editor of the anthology, Plays by Women from the Contemporary American Theater Festival.