Margaret Whittum is an actor, director, producer and voiceover artist from the mountains of Colorado. Margaret has directed The Zoo Story, Into the Woods, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and True West, among others. Favorite roles include Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Toinette in The Imaginary Invalid, the Witch in Into the Woods, and Fruma-Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof. She is currently Associate Artistic Director of Visionbox Studio, under the leadership of Artistic Director Jennifer McCray Rincon.
Margaret has directed in Seoul, Edinburgh, Denver, Colorado Springs, and across Canada. She has written two original shows, Love the Radio Edit, a one-act comedy performed entirely in song lyrics, which ran successfully at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Teeth, an educational ESL children’s musical, which has run 5 times in Seoul. She resides in the ether between Asia and North America.
She founded the Seoul City Improv comedy group in 2007, and SCI has since toured throughout Korea, and to Taiwan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Colorado, and throughout Canada. Margaret graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Drama, cum laude.
Margaret produced the Visionbox 2013 Benefit in December, featuring a speech and song by the First Lady of Denver, Mary Louise Lee. The evening was a great success, and also featured Visionbox Ensemble Members, Visionbox Young Conservatory Members, and the Music Direction of the superb Gary Grundei.
Margaret was just hired back to Visionbox Studio as the Associate Artistic Director. Margaret’s first producing project will be All the World by Visionbox: Solo Shakespeare on Santa Fe Drive, running September 29-October 26. This Festival of 16 original solo pieces will feature Members of the Visionbox Ensemble. Margaret will also perform her solo piece Disguise, Thou Art a Wickedness, based on Viola from Twelfth Night.
Margaret is performing in the Telluride Playwrights Festival (Artistic Director Jennie Franks) in the reading of Sequence by Arun Lakra. Sequence is the winner of 2011 Alberta Playwriting Competition and the Woodward/Newman Drama Award. It is slated to be done at the Bloomington Playwrights Project (Artistic Director Chad Rabinovitz) in October 2013. In addition to performing, Margaret will teach improvisation at the Festival and MC and improvise with Dan Castellaneta, Deb Lucasta, Adam Carpenter and more at the Festival’s Improv Night.
Margaret is producing a second run of Suicide(s) in Vegas by Evan Placey at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The show is co-directed by Whittum and Zoo Story actor & friend Anthony Bianco, and stars Whittum as Lydia and Jessica Coyle as Jane. Performances are in Venue #1, the Westbury Theatre, August 15-15.
After the first performance, Suicide(s) received a GREAT review from Todd James at Global News! “☆☆☆☆ Two wonderful actresses… the script crackles, the rapid-fire dialogue is funny, identifiable and real.” More here!
Margaret is helping produce and coordinate the Sallie B. Goodman Artists’ Retreat at McCarter Theatre Center June 10-19. Retreat Artists this year are George Brant, Jade King Carroll, Samuel D. Hunter, Ken Ludwig, Emily Mann, Lynn Nottage, Nicole Ari Parker, Heather Raffo, David “Tom” Thompson, and Kathleen Tolan. The Retreat will feature readings of Antony & Cleopatra, directed by Emily Mann & starring Nicole Ari-Parker as Cleopatra, and The Gods of Comedy by Ken Ludwig.
Margaret is currently assisting Rebecca Taichman at McCarter Theatre Center on The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare. This is a co-production with The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC. The show stars Mark Harelik, Brent Carver, Sean Arbuckle, Hannah Yelland, Heather Wood, Todd Bartels, Tom Story, Nancy Robinette and Ted van Griethuysen and runs April 2-21 in Princeton, NJ.
Margaret is also assisting on the February McCarter Lab Festival of new works, including 360° by Steven Dietz, Five Mile Lake by Rachel Bonds, Pure by A. Rey Pamatmat, and Chicago Boys by Kathleen Tolan.
In December, Margaret was honored as the 2012 Charles Evans Fellow at McCarter Theatre Center. (photo)
Margaret is currently assisting McCarter Theatre Center Artistic Director Emily Mann on A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee. The show stars John Glover, Kathleen Chalfant, Penny Fuller, Francesca Faridany, Roberta Maxwell, and James A. Stephens. Show dates are January 18 – February 17.
Margaret also recently finished her first audiobook, Business As Usual by Steve Bederman. It is available on Amazon.
Margaret is assisting the directors and producers at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ in their 2012/2013 season. Margaret is currently assisting Elevator Repair Service Artistic Director John Collins on The Select (based on The Sun Also Rises). Show dates are October 26 – November 4. McCarter is also hosting a Lab Festival of new works October 29 – November 4. The Noise by Rachel Bonds, Smart People by Lydia R. Diamond, Pure by A. Rey Pamatmat, and Hoodwinked by Emily Mann.
UPDATE: The Lab Fest was cancelled due to the extensive damage of Hurricane Sandy.
Margaret is now in Princeton, NJ, where she will assist the directors and producers at McCarter Theatre Center in their 2012/2013 season. Margaret finished a great summer in Colorado with Visionbox’s The Othello Project (The Denver Post called it ‘original, ambitious and provocative’) and the Visionbox Summer Acting Intensives. June was Contemporary American Drama, and July was Shakespeare! The Zoo Story finished a great run at the Spark Theater. Margaret made it to the Final Show for Denver’s Next Improv Star! And lastly, Margaret has a new found love, Low Flying-Trapeze, which she studied in the summer at the Denver Center. She is quite adept at it.
Margaret is currently directing The Zoo Story by Edward Albee for Permanent Transient Productions, running at Spark Theater March 23 – April 8th. Margaret was also invited to be a member of the Visionbox Actors Ensemble. She also directed a staged reading of Get On With It at Curious Theatre, as part of the Curious New Voices program. In April & May, Margaret will assistant direct The Othello Project at Visionbox, under the direction of Jennifer McCray Rincon. Denver’s Next Improv Star continues at the Bovine Metropolis, and Margaret is still in the running!
Margaret just signed with Maximum Talent, one of Denver’s top talent agencies. She also works as an Assistant Director at Visionbox, a new professional actor training program in Denver. In February, Maggie will compete in Denver’s Next Improv Star, a show at the Bovine Metropolis Theater, 1527 Champa St. Check it out every Saturday night at 8pm starting February 18th! Maggie’s promo video for DNIS is on the Video page or on YouTube.
The Canadian Fringe Festival project was a great success!
Congrats to ShLong Form Improv and Suicide(s) in Vegas for 4 glorious months!
ShLong Form Improv will tour back to Colorado through the month of October.
The Canadian Fringe Festival project is about to begin!
Suicide(s) in Vegas and ShLong Form Improv will depart for Montreal on June 6th, and tour continuously through London, Toronto, Hamilton, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria and Vancouver til September 18th.
Additionally, Seoul City Improv will perform at the 3rd Annual Colorado Improv Festival in Colorado Springs June 2-5. En route to Canada, ShLong Form Improv will perform in Denver June 5th and Omaha June 6th.
Seoul City Improv will perform extensively in Korea throughout March and April, in Daegu, Seoul, Daejeon, and Cheonan. Additionally, SCI will tour to Beijing for the 3rd Annual Beijing International Interactive Arts Festival April 18-25. And in May, Seoul City Improv will host the 1st Annual Seoul International Improv Festival, with improv in English, Korean, Japanese and Chinese. Members of Seoul City Improv will then tour the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit summer 2011.
Margaret will also premiere an original play by Canadian playwright Evan Placey titled Suicide(s) in Vegas. Suicide(s) will run in Seoul April 28-May 1 at the White Box Theatre, and MW Productions will produce. Suicide will then tour the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit summer 2011.
Margaret directed in November and acted in December for the monthly event Hitching Post Theater, produced by Rock Rose Entertainment at the Nomad Theater in Boulder, CO. She also starred in the short film Beckoned, directed by Ian Kellett, which will be released in Spring 2011. Margaret will direct two short staged readings of original works for the Curious New Voices series at Curious Theatre in February. Margaret will also perform with Seoul City Improv at the 1st Annual Hong Kong Improv Festival March 3-5, hosted by People’s Liberation Improv.
Seoul City Improv has been invited to the Tokyo Impro Festival 2010 in Japan! The Festival is November 24-28, and is hosted by ImproJapan. Seven SCI performers will attend the festival over Thanksgiving weekend. There will be shows and workshops, and over 80 improvisers from Japan and America in attendance, including Improv Boston.
Margaret voiced her first global commercial for the Samsung NX 100 camera. View the commercial!
Margaret directed and produced The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (photos) for Seoul Players in May & June. It was Seoul Players first musical, a complete sell-out show, and widely regarded as the best Seoul Players production in its 10 year history. Additionally, Margaret produced and performed in the 3 Year Anniversary Show for Seoul City Improv. Margaret founded the group in July 2007, and the 3 Year Show was a sell-out success at the beautiful new Spazio Luce Theater in Itaewon. Congrats to all Seoul City Improvisers for 3 wonderfully hilarious years!
Margaret had a very productive spring. In April she hosted and produced the 3rd annual Seoul Players 24 Hour Theatre, with over 50 participants, 10 short plays, and over 120 audience members. Also in April she toured Seoul City Improv to Taiwan, for a joint show with Taichung Improv. Seoul City Improv was a giant success with the Taiwanese and expat audience.
Margaret is currently starring in a children’s television show in Seoul. The show is Play with Science, which airs on Kids Talk Talk, a channel on the Skylife Network. The show is an educational program about science, with 15 minutes episodes like ’Why do we have eyebrows?’ and ‘Why do our tummies grumble?’. The show runs three times a day, Monday to Friday in Seoul at 8:30AM, 2:00PM, and 6:30PM. It will run for 26 weeks, until the middle of November. Margaret plays Brainy, a fairy witch who knows EVERYTHING about science, and helps the other characters, Juju and Joy, understand the concepts. Margaret also provides the voice of the character Tong Tong, and voices characters in the short cartoon segments in every episode. Here is the website (it’s all in Korean!)
Margaret also recently completed a commercial for Sky cell phones. The commercial is playing all over South Korea. It’s even on the sides of buildings and in the ads before movies! View the commercial!