Hi there!  My professional name is Margaret Reed, but everybody calls me “Maggie”.  I grew up in the farm country of Salinas, California (look on the back of your bags of lettuce for “Produce Grown in the Salinas Valley”.)  Now, some of the following may sound a bit like bragging, but, hey, I’m very proud of my accomplishments, and I’d like to share them with you.  So here goes….

Catching the acting bug in the 7th grade as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet,  I 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.  I then graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from The University of California at Santa Cruz, which led to my Masters of Arts in Acting (Professional Actor Training Program) from Cornell University.

Currently I am concurrently shooting two disparately themed films: 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, I 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.

I’ve also recently recorded a bunch of top-secret voiceover dialogue and efforts for an Academy Award winning actress, directed by an Academy Award nominated director.  It’s due out this Fall 2013 with another Academy Award winner as the other star of the film. Wish I could tell ya what the suspense-filled film is, but then, well…..let’s just say….it wouldn’t be pretty.  It was one of the most creatively fulfilling and rewardingly exhausting few days of production that I’ve ever experienced.  The editor of the film (wish I could tell ya his name, but, well…. you know the drill…) was extraordinary in his ability to convey what the film needed from me, while he coordinated his comments, via Skype from across the ocean, to LoopersUnlimited expert theatre & voiceover director Dann Fink, on to me with precision and inspiration.  So grateful for them both and for the amazing talents of Mark DiSimone, the mixer at Soundtrack Studios in Manhattan.

On HBO, I portrayed “Maggie Biederhof” to Kate Winslet’s Mildred Pierce for the eponymous HBO mini-series directed by Todd Haynes. You can catch me on the internet series sensation, Gotham, created by Martha Byrne and directed by Lisa Brown, as Shiela Stevens –  My most recent foray on the stage was in Michael Slade’s play, “Close to the Heart” after I portrayed the real-life character “Minerva Rouhlac”, in the 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 of my entire career was when Minerva’s 75 year-old-son flew in from Detroit to see me portray his mom, while my 2 sons, Zachary and Matthew, were there that night as well watching their mommy do what she loves to do best in the whole world.  There are no words to describe the love and support and flood of feelings that overwhelmed the theatre and our hearts that night.  It’s moments like that, that make us in the entertainment world do what we do.

Off-Broadway, I also had an enlivening time playing 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, I was named Best Featured Actress by the NJ press. While on “hiatus” during my many years as Shannon O’Hara McKechnie on As the World Turns, I won the DramaLogue Award for Other People’s Money with Kevin Conway.  I 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, (My name is there in the cast list in the printed version of the play.  Pretty exciting to see that for the first play I did in New York after my performances with The Acting Company‘s at The American Place Theatre in midtown). Regional: Kate-The Taming of the Shrew, Olivia -Twelfth Night, Ann-All My Sons, Luisa-The Fantasticks, Louise-Gypsy, etc. (check out my resume for more)

I have played the recurring role of Felicia Chatham on Law and Order: SVU and have 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.  My 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, I teach privately and at Weist-Barron and The New York Film Academy in New York City and I have 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. I now offer private comedy and acting coaching in person in Manhattan, NY and via the internet on or Skype. To learn more, click on this link: Coaching/Workshops at

To book me for work, please contact my agents – Meg Pantera-The Agency (Theatre, Films, TV), Paradigm (On-camera Commercials/Industrials), and Access Talent (Voiceovers) by clicking here.

Thanks for visiting.  Let’s work together soon.

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