Margarita Martinez was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in a surf town south of Melbourne. While other children were out at the beach, Margarita was practicing the piano. Because both of her parents were professional musicians-her Australian mother a pianist and her Spanish father an organist-everyone assumed that she, too, would become a concert pianist. While studying English literature, French and Anglo-Saxon (the earliest form of the English language) at the University of Melbourne, Margarita became interested in theatre and acting. After participating in a number of productions, she decided to apply to Australia's prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (www.nida.edu.au), where she was one of only a few applicants accepted into the three-year course of technical production. After graduating, she was hired by Opera Australia to stage-manage opera productions all over the country.