Peg Guilfoyle spent ten years as production stage manager and production manager for artistic directors Liviu Ciulei and Garland Wright at the Guthrie Theater, where, she says, both her aesthetic and her work ethic were formed.
She has been the producing director for the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota, responsible for producing and managing all public performance and community engagement events on six stages, including the Minnesota Centennial Showboat, docked on Harriet Island in St. Paul. Her work for the University included negotiating contracts on its behalf, and consulting on grant evaluations.
Peg has been a freelance stage and production manager for the Ordway Music Theater, Mixed Blood, Denver Center Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Elitch Theatre Company star stock, and others.
She is the author of The Guthrie Theater: Images, History and Inside Stories, for which she won the Midwest Book Award, and other regional histories. Her company, Peg Projects, has produced histories for YMCA Camp du Nord, Northern Star Boy Scout Council, Gustavus Adolphus College (2 volumes), Plymouth Congregational Church, and the Minnesota Telecom Alliance; these books have won numerous awards, including the Minnesota Book Award.
Her commentary has appeared in newspapers and other publications, and on Minnesota Public Radio; she has spoken widely on the Guthrie Theater.
Peg was the original ‘first employee’ at COMPAS (Community Programs in the Arts and Sciences) in St. Paul for Molly (LaBerge) Taylor, coordinating the Poets in the Schools program and managing residency programs in many arts disciplines and communities. Her arts vocabulary is wide-ranging.
With extensive volunteer leadership and board work, including Mounds Park Academy and White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, Peg’s interests are wide and varied. They include gospel music (6 years singing with Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir under Robert Robinson), vintage carousel carvings, antique collections, small craft cruising (Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers, Lake Michigan, and East Coast), youth and young adult leadership, vintage Oz books, and all forms of art.
Peg currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the University Libraries, and on the Skyway Governance Advisory Committee of the Capitol River Council in St. Paul.
Peg lives in downtown St. Paul with husband Dr. John Baillie, with whom she co-owns Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo; she has managed public relations and marketing for the clinic since 1990.
“All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say,
is that I love the world.”