This amazing woman worked on the top shows in the business such as Seinfeld, Will & Grace and King of Queens. She was Dialogue and Acting Coach to Margo Martindale and Molly Shannon, who recently mentioned her in the ABILITY Magazine. She was quoted as saying that Peggy’s coaching was a pivotal part of her landing her role on the HBO show Divorce. Peggy also coached Richard Dreyfus for his role on Weeds. I am honored to work with her on Donna On The Go.
At five years old Peggy started as a child model doing print, catalogue, and commercial work as well as voice over work, she also appeared in many plays in Chicago such as The Miracle Worker with Rita Moreno and Summer Stock in Flint Michigan. In addition to Acting, Peggy had her own band, and played professionally from the age of 13. She played Lead Guitar, Bass, and Keyboard and had a fake ID and a mother who accompanied her as her Vocal Coach.
Initially, Peggy came to California to pursue music, and quickly met people in the acting world. She has experience as an Actor (since the age of 5), Musician ( since the age of 13), Production Assistant ( for about 8 years) and now proudly adds Producer ( 7 years ), Writer (15 years), and Director (3 years) to her experience. Working with the Legendary Director James Burrows for 17 years, Peggy learned the importance of listening and respecting the actors. Peggy says “He has such attention to detail on what activities would define the character.” She even calls him Jimmy! When Peggy coaches actors, she uses everything she learned from Burrows.
Peggy says she learned so much being of the set of Seinfeld for 7 years. She mentions how hard Jerry Seinfeld works and how impeccable his work ethic is. She often tells me she learned the importance of discipline from Jerry, he would often go back to the writer’s room after hours and work. And then onto editing. Every Dept Head would speak of his dedication.
I can say that Peggy’s work emulates that of Jerry Seinfeld in that she is an all or nothing worker. She stays up long hours devoting her time to producing, writing, editing, directing, and being the publicist for Donna On The Go. I will have gone to bed and she is still at it. To have someone work this hard for a show that I am in is truly an honor. I am grateful, humbled and so glad to be a part of this poignant message and presenting a lighthearted view of the challenges of People With Disabilities.
Have I mentioned in previous blogs how grateful for the people I have worked with on Donna On The Go, and happy I am for the opportunities presented to me by Peggy and others?