Born in the Bronx and raised in the town known for Donald Draper and Sing Sing
prison, Margarita Martinez always thought of herself as a life-long New Yorker.
Even when she decided to go to college to major in drama, she selected Tisch
School of the Arts at New York University. Upon graduating, she moved to
Brooklyn and acted in several Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions and
sang, played piano, and wrote songs in a couple of rock bands. Little did she
know that she was to fall in love with an aspiring doctor and move to
Excited to try life outside of the greater New York City area, Margarita felt
confident that in New England her passion for theater and music would lead her
to wonderful new experiences. Her most recent theater endeavor was the Elliot
Norton Award-nominated production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Time of My Life at the
Boston Center for the Arts with the Zeitgeist Stage Company. She is also
working on her own solo-show, complete with original music and theatrical
compositions, entitled "Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History or Thanks
for the Bumper Sticker," which she workshopped at The Roots in Providence.
Margarita has acted in several local film and voice-over projects as well. To
feed her music bug, she dusted off her soprano sax and picked up a megaphone to
play and sing with the community street band, the Extraordinary Rendition Band.
In addition, Margarita has always had an insatiable appetite for food and
travel, so it is fortuitous that she gets to further explore and educate
herself in food and culture as the host of WGBH’s series, Neighborhood
Kitchens. At all times eager to discover the genuine experience while
traveling, Margarita is thrilled to be visiting New England neighborhoods and
learning how to cook authentic ethnic cuisine.
Margarita can also be found volunteering in a classroom full of exuberant
fourth graders on a weekly basis at South Providence’s Young/Woods Elementary