Linda Burson holds degrees in theatre from the University of Michigan and the University of Memphis and a Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Georgia. Long active as president and board member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, National Theatre Conference and The Dramatists Guild, Burson currently resides in New York City. At Theatre for a New Audience in New York City, Burson, as educational director, administered a Shakespeare theatre program involving teachers, artists-in-residence, study guides, more than 600 classes and more than 7000 students. Among her other talents are directing (for hundreds of regional and off-Broadway productions), adjudicating, dramaturging, editing, designing in-school theatre, and writing. During her many years in professional, educational and civic theatre, Burson’s numerous awards include “Outstanding GSU Faculty,” Personalities of the South; “Distinguished Women in American Theatre,” Who’s Who in Entertainment…in the East…in America…of Women; Outstanding People of the 20th Century and International Who’s Who of Professionals. Burson pioneered the kinetic theatre method featured in her Play with Shakespeare as a means of highlighting the written word in a vibrant new style of simplified theatre production.