An Educator, Student, Producer, Playwright, and Artistic Director and native of Chicago, IL. Born September 6, 1981, in Joliet, IL, and raised in Hyde Park, a community on the Southside of Chicago, Margaret’s work ethics, commitment, and unparalleled drive has allowed her to teach, cultivate and coach countless community artists in becoming well rounded performers for stage and film productions.
Margaret Mahdi is the founder of Mahdi Theatre Company. Since the company’s inception, in 2004, the humble troupe is comprised of talented individuals whose mission is to Educate, Elevate, Inspire and Entertain in the ARTS. Collectively, we are to use our God- Given talents to infuse a cultural revolution in the arts. Furthermore, her company’s purpose is to foster, promote, and increase the public knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts and cultural activities in Chicago first, and then nationwide through theater.
As an educator with the Chicago Public Schools system for the past 17 years, and coined as Teacher of the Year for several years. She instructs lifelong lessons to promote positive identity and confidence in each child that she touches. Her students’ inspire Ms. Mahdi to perform at her BEST daily. Margaret Mahdi has produced, written, and directed numerous plays showcased on sophisticated stages and beautiful edifices throughout Chicago. She believes that it is ones humility, self-discipline, and faith that will allow one to catapult to success!
One of Ms. Mahdi’s dreams is to take her project, BRONZEVILLE-THE MUSICAL on a national and international tour. With the Divine direction from God and tremendous support from her community, Mahdi Theatre was immensely blessed to sell-out Chicago Theatre 3, 553 seats on February 27, 2016. This response was a testament to Mahdi Theatre’s hard work and passionate efforts proving that the impossible was achieved.
THIS story was be the first of its kind to feature the impeccable journey of Black southerners as they migrated to northern cities to achieve greatness, despite the many obstacles and challenges they face, and to demonstrate how they established a powerful existence in Chicago, and throughout the industrial metropolises.
The ultimate dream is to catapult Bronzeville The Musical on the national and international stages! Her future goals include the establishment of a Mahdi Theatre Company’s Educational Center for the Performing Arts and to teach theatrical techniques to children and adults alike across the global.
She is an active member of The Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago, The Back Theatre Alliance, The Metropolitan Urban Broadcast Center.