New Jersey native Margaret Dudasik began studying violin at age three. Irish dancing lessons begun in kindergarten served as a natural foray into traditional Irish music--a genre that has taken Margaret across the country playing gigs and festivals, and across the Atlantic, representing the U.S. seven times at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (the All-Ireland World Championships). Her fiddling is featured on recordings of various genres, including the “Ireland in Song” CD for the PBS series Out of Ireland.
Margaret enjoyed the typical town plays and tap dance classes as a kid. No, she never took the stage as Annie, but she certainly displayed a flair for the dramatic and considered her performances of “My Heart Will Go On” while standing on the kitchen table to be masterful. A high school jock, she juggled games and meets with play rehearsals, but it was her participation in Paper Mill Playhouse’s prestigious Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory that solidified her decision to seriously pursue theatre. In the fall of 2009 she enrolled in Pace University’s BFA musical theatre program and hung up her lacrosse stick and track spikes for good.
In her time at Pace, Margaret made her Off-Broadway debut in CHAUTAUQUA! at The Public Theater. She workshopped a wide array of material, ranging from a Drew Gasparini/Alex Brightman rock thriller to an adaptation of The Invisible Man by musical theatre greats Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas. She was Joshua Bell’s stand-in for PBS Live From Lincoln Center’s “One Singular Sensation! Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch” featuring the New York Philharmonic and hosted by Audra McDonald.
After a semester studying film and television at University of Glasgow, Margaret graduated summa cum laude with both a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Film & Screen Studies in 2013. Her musical background largely influenced her investigations into the functions of sound in film, inspiring her thesis “Genre as Bait: Using Pop Soundtrack as Narrative Counterpoint or Complement,” which can be found here.
Since graduating, Margaret has performed at theatres such as The MUNY, Fulton Opera House, and Maine State Music Theatre. Collaborations with her Pace MT colleagues include 54 Below and Don’t Tell Mama cabarets and recording demos for the southern gothic My Name is Annie King. She has recorded and toured with Irish and folk rock bands, and can often be heard playing gigs around NYC. In 2016, Margaret played "Texas" in the First National Tour of Roundabout Theatre Company's Cabaret, directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall. In 2017, she appeared as Ex-Girlfriend in the regional premiere of Once, directed by Michael Berresse.