Maureen Gallagher returns to the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival in the role of The Duchess of York. She has been a member of the companies of Cymbeline (Belaria), The Comedy of Errors (Emilia), and Romeo and Juliet (the Nurse). As a long-time Chicago actor, she has performed at many of the city’s theatres including Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Victory Gardens, Northlight, and Court Theatre. Roles include Paulina in The Winter’s Tale, Goneril in King Lear, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Peggotty in David Copperfield, Meg in The Birthday Party, Helen in The Infidel, and Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst, for which she received a Joseph Jefferson Award. Playwriting has become a big part of her work in the theatre. Her play Martin Furey’s Shot, about a photojournalist, was produced at TimeLine Theatre in Chicago. Her new play, Comrades Mine / Emma Edmonds of the Union Army premiered in April at City Lit Theate as part of their five year project marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.