Margaret Edson was born in Washington, D.C., on July 4, 1961.
She majored in Renaissance history and graduated magna cum laude in 1983 from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, then returned to graduate school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 1991. She received her M.A. in English literature from Georgetown in 1992.
- January 1999, Union Square Theatre, New York Off-Broadway commercial (500 seat) co-production of Long Wharf Theatre, MCC Theater, and Daryl Roth; entire cast and production team from MCC production.
- November 1998, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnepeg, Manitoba, Seana McKenna in lead; Josephine LeGrice directing.
- September 1998, MCC Theater, New York Off-Off-Broadway (99 seat) remounting of Long Wharf Theatre production.
- August 1998, Shakespeare & Co., Lenox, MA. Frances West in lead; Daniela Varon directing.
- November 1997, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT. Kathleen Chalfant in lead; Derek Anson Jones directing.
- February 1995, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA. World premier production; Megan Cole in lead; Martin Benson directing.
- Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, April 1999.
- Berrilla Kerr Foundation Playwrights Award, September 1998.
- Connecticut Drama Critics' Circle Awards, June 1998 Best production, performance, directing.
- Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Awards, March 1996 Best production, performance, writing, directing, lighting, best world premier.
- Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist January 1994.
- Drama League of New York Playwright Award, June 1993.
- 1998 - present Atlanta Public Schools, kindergarten teacher.
- 1997-98, District of Columbia Public Schools, first-grade teacher.
- 1992- 97, District of Columbia Public Schools, English as a Second Language teacher, grades K-6.
- 1984-86, unit clerk on the cancer and AIDS inpatient unit of a major research hospital, Washington, DC.