Margaret is a born and raised Jersey girl who fell in love with musical theater at a young age.  She started studying vocal performance, dance, and acting early on, performing throughout her childhood and teenage years in New Jersey community theater.  She was accepted to Wagner College's esteemed theater program and spent her college years perfecting her craft, being lucky enough to perform such roles as The Acid Queen in TOMMY, Eva Peron in EVITA, and The Beggar Woman in SWEENEY TODD.  

 

After college, Margaret spent several years songwriting and recording, working with several small independent labels throughout the Metropolitan area and workshopping several new original musicals.  After performing at the famed Apollo Theater in AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE APOLLO (and being selected to perform as a soloist on the televised SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO), Margaret was cast in the first leg of Ted Neeley's national farewell tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR as one of the three soul girls, alongside Golden Globe nominee, Ted Neeley, and Grammy Award winner, Corey Glover (from the band LIVING COLOUR).  Immediately after tour, Margaret began filming several short indie films and was then cast to perform all over Europe in the shows SHOUT, TONY N' TINA'S WEDDING, & AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND, working with famed Broadway choreographers and directors,  John Carrafa and Patti Wilcox.  

 

After traveling Europe for six months, the west coast was calling Margaret's name. Not long after arriving in Los Angeles, she became a part of the now critically acclaimed FOR THE RECORD musical series, being one of the original performers in both FOR THE RECORD: BAZ LUHRMAN and FOR THE RECORD: COEN BROS., starring in several installments of both shows. Her strong performances deemed her a "tower of power" by critics and and an audience favorite. She also went on to star in one of the Los Angeles productions of FOR THE RECORD: TARANTINO, as well as performing in the production at SXSW Music and Film festival in Austin, Texas. Her version of  "If Love is A Red Dress" is featured on the cast album that can be found on Spotify, ITunes, and Amazon.

 

 Adding producing to her resume, Magaret performed in and received great praise for her creations, ONE YEAR LATER: A TRIBUTE TO AMY WINEHOUSE  and THE SOUNDS OF DIRTY JERSEY, a compilation of songs made famous by New Jersey artists, such as The Fugees, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, and Leslie Gore.  Since 2017, she has been working diligently on screenwriting, specifically half hour comedies. She has had several scripts make it to second round of the 2018 and 2019 famed Austin Film Festival, as well as having her short film script selected as a quarter-finalist (top 35)  in the well known 2018 Scriptapalooza Festival. Post production has recently wrapped on a short film Margaret wrote and produced, entitled JERSEY, that both stars and is directed by well know TV and FIlm Actress, Lisa Ann Walter.  In 2020, JERSEY was an official selection in the Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival, Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival (Best Actress In A Comedy Award), and the prestigious La Femme International Film Festival. 

© 2015 Margaret M. Spirito