Her professional name is Margaret Reed, but everybody, post-Cornell days, calls her Maggie. She grew up in the farm country of Salinas, California (look on the back of your bags of lettuce.)
Catching the acting bug in the 7th grade as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Margaret then went on to play the leading roles in Camelot, Gypsy, The Fantasticks, Winnie-the-Pooh, Cactus Flower, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and many other musicals and straight plays. She then graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from The University of California at Santa Cruz, which led to her Masters of Arts in Acting (Professional Actor Training Program) from Cornell University.
Maggie’s concurrently shooting four disparately themed films: the quirky comedy Song of Solomon by Nelson Farber and Christine Daum, the coming-of-age drama Written in Stone, the dramatic feature Silenus by John Desiderio and the hilarious film, By the Dashboard Light by Joe Ronca, plus recording voiceovers for a variety of projects. Recently, she played the tough Detective Swanson to Zhuzha Akova’s coniving Elise Baker in the upcoming Baker Enterprises directed by Hugh Scully, plus the kick-ass, bomb-detonating spy in the original thriller Burn The Ocean, by Roger Casey and Sean Hudock, directed by Ashlea Hartz.
She’s also recently recorded a bunch of top-secret voiceover dialogue and efforts for an Academy Award winning actress, directed by an Academy Award winning director. The nature of ADR is that she’s not allowed to say exactly who those people are. LoopersUnlimited expert theatre & voiceover director Dann Fink, helped her with precision and inspiration. Mark DiSimone, was the sound mixer at Soundtrack Studios.
On HBO, she portrayed “Maggie Biederhof” to Kate Winslet’s Mildred Pierce for the eponymous HBO mini-series directed by Todd Haynes. You can catch her on the internet series sensation, Gotham, created by Martha Byrne and directed by Lisa Brown, as Shiela Stevens – gothamtheseries.com. Her most recent foray on the stage was in Michael Slade’s play, “Close to the Heart” after she portrayed the real-life character “Minerva Rouhlac”, in the one-woman play Passing, about a woman whose brother “passed” for white while she lived life as a “black” woman, (even though she looked white), during the turn of the last century. It was written by Dara Frazier, Minerva’s great-grandaughter. One of the most touching and memorable nights for Maggie was when Minerva’s 75 year-old-son flew in from Detroit to see her portrayal of his mom, while her two sons were in attendance, as well.
THEATRE – Off-Broadway, she also played Vivien Leigh in Austin Pendleton‘s Orson’s Shadow at the Barrow Street Theatre, directed by the award-winning director David Cromer. For Dinner With Friends, Maggie was named Best Featured Actress by the NJ press. While on “hiatus” during her many years as Shannon O’Hara McKechnie on As the World Turns, she won the DramaLogue Award for Other People’s Money with Kevin Conway. Maggie was Broadway-bound in Neil Simon’s Jake’s Women after touring the U.S. with John Houseman‘s prestigious classical troupe, The Acting Company and romped through Central Park in Triumph of Love. New York, LA, and world premieres include O’Neill (Carlotta), Keith Reddin‘s Black Snow, Misconduct Allowed, Quiet on the Set, and the Off-Broadway production of The Beckett Plays- Catastrophe directed by Alan Schneider. Regional Theatre: Kate-The Taming of the Shrew, Olivia -Twelfth Night, Ann-All My Sons, Luisa-The Fantasticks, Louise-Gypsy, etc. (check out her resume for more)
She’s played the recurring role of Felicia Chatham on Law and Order: SVU and has been seen on all the other Law and Order shows as well as Seinfeld, Star Trek TNG, Spin City, The Young Riders, Empty Nest, The Golden Girls, Blossom, Knots Landing among others.
Films include Christina, Dress Rehearsal, Shelter Island, IMAX: The Journey Within, Quicksand, and The Eiger Sanction. Margaret’s voice is heard on national TV and radio commercials, audiobooks, narrations, looping, and the new video game Saint’s Row 2 and Dora the Explorer.
Specializing in sitcom and soap opera technique, Maggie teaches privately and at Weist-Barron and The New York Film Academy in New York City and has been an instructor at the NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Stonestreet Studios, US Performing Arts Camp, Smith College, the University of New Mexico, and Cornell University. She now offers private comedy and acting coaching in person in Manhattan, NY and via the internet on oovoo.com or Skype. To learn more, click on this link: Coaching/Workshops at maggiereed.com
To book Margaret for work, contact her agents – Meg Pantera-The Agency 212-219-9330 (Theatre, Films, TV), Paradigm (On-camera Commercials/Industrials), and Access Talent (Voiceovers) by clicking here.