Margaret Dudasik’s musicianship, acting chops, and vocal strength have earned her growing respect in the burgeoning field of actor-musicianship. Her participation in Paper Mill Playhouse’s prestigious Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory solidified her decision to seriously pursue theatre, and in the fall of 2009 she enrolled in Pace University’s BFA musical theatre program. Since graduating, she has performed at acclaimed theaters such as Irish Repertory Theatre, The MUNY, and Fulton Opera House. In 2016, she 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, and has had the unique opportunity to play both Reza and Ex-Girfriend in subsequent productions.
Margaret began studying classical violin at age three, and Irish dancing lessons begun in kindergarten served as a natural foray into traditional Irish music. The genre 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. She has recorded and toured with folk rock bands and Irish traditional musicians and can often be heard playing gigs around NYC. Margaret also plays tin whistle, ukulele, mandolin, and Irish flute.
In her time at Pace University, 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 senior film thesis was largely influenced by her musical background and her fascination with the function of sound in film. “Genre as Bait: Using Pop Soundtrack as Narrative Counterpoint or Complement” was the result, which can be found here.