margaret_leaskDr Margaret Leask, formerly an arts administrator in London and Sydney, has been an oral historian and performing arts historian since 2004.

Her first project included 80 interviews for the 50th anniversary of the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

Her book, Lena Ashwell, Actress, Patriot, Pioneer, was published by the University of Hertfordshire Press and Society for Theatre Research in 2012 and shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize in 2013.

She researches and records oral history interviews for the National Film and Sound Archive, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House, the National Library, Australian Theatre for Young People and Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust.

She has also recorded interviews for the House with No Steps and the State Library of NSW. She reviews Sydney Theatre for Plays International, and has researched and written entries for Australian Dictionary of Biography and obituaries for Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age.