Margie Pignataro was born and raised in Whittier, California. After spending over four years at Rio Hondo College, focusing primarily on English and Creative Writing (under John Hahn), Margie transferred to UCLA where she finished her BA in English. At this point, her first full length play, Abbey Flybynight, had been produced by the Greylight Theatre Collective in Murphysboro, Illinois. She then attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and earned her MFA in playwriting under David Rush. At this point, she moved to northern Illinois, where she worked for Starbucks and did theatre (dramaturgy, directing, producing) in Chicago and at Western Illinois University. Wishing to develop her craft more, Margie went to Texas Tech University for a Phd in theatre, focusing specifically on playwriting and theatre history/theory/criticism. In Lubbock, Margie was a founding member of the Experimental Artists Theatre company (EAT) and executive director of the Limelight Theatre. Among her plays produced through EAT at Limelight include Wonderland in Alice: the Uncertainty Principle, MFMDing, and Phallus Pan.