Margaret McCarthy is a performance artist, activist, nonprofit professional and ten-year San Franciscan. She creates highly participatory performances that break down boundaries between audience and performer. She was eaten by a dragon and the dragon exploded.
McCarthy holds a B.A. in English and Theater from San Francisco State University. She has been an ensemble member of the San Francisco Neo-Futurists since April 2014, and Co-Artistic Director since June 2017. She is a 2017-2018 Public Imagination Fellow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
"...more games can be played with [English] than with any other language, and to anyone who loves English – who truly loves it – who loves the intricacies of its countless words and phrases and all its ridiculous and unruly idioms, those games represent the purest fun one can have with nonmusical sounds.
I will admit that I am intoxicated with English and that not everyone is...
But what can I do?"
– Isaac Asimov, Isaac Asimov's Treasury of Humor
Yea Grammar too found all her Laws too weak
To govern Language's extravagance;
Such odd and unruly Idioms did kick
Against her setled Discipline, and prance
So wildly through Expression's fields, that Art
Was fain to play the child, and conne by heart.
– from "Psyche," Francis Beaumont