By Nick Macdonald, Duke Sports Information
MANHATTAN, N.Y. -- Bright lights. Yellow taxis. Over-priced coffee. The list could go on and on what describes the biggest city in the United States. Frank Sinatra wrote a theme to this city, while some of the most famous athletes have competed here. I’m talking, of course, about New York City. The Big Apple, one of its many nicknames, has this persona that all dreams may come true, that an outsider looking into the lens of America see this city as fulfilling and hopeful. History surrounds New York City, including the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. The city captivates you in a way that makes you miss it once you leave. That feeling of wanting to make dreams come true describes NYC, something Margaret Skoglund attempted to do, and achieved.
Skoglund graduated from Duke University in 2010 with a political science degree. Skoglund worked as a manager for four years on the women’s basketball team, travelling everywhere with the team and forming positive relationships with the athletes that will stick with her forever. She currently is a company manager for a new Broadway musical called “Gettin’ the Band Back Together”, which has an opening night date set for August 13, 2018 at the Belasco Theatre. As company manager, Skoglund is a representative for the producers at the theatre, rehearsals and the office. Skoglund explains that each show is like a small business, with her job maintaining that the small business is running positively and effectively. Skoglund’s other credits include the musical Once On This Island, which won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, as well as Newsies and Disney’s The Lion King.
Skoglund’s time at Duke is something she will remember forever. Her favorite memory stems from a trip to southern California to Rodeo Drive, which is located in upscale Beverly Hills. The fish out of water moment happened on the strip when the Duke women’s basketball team posed for a picture, wearing sweats and game attire, surrounded by stores like Gucci and Prada. Like the fun memories, Skoglund credits Duke University tremendously for her success into the Broadway scene. Individuals, who Skoglund calls “champions of mine”, such as Duke alum Charles Randolph-Wright and Duke theatre professor Manny Azenberg helped steer her in the right direction. Skoglund says “every door I knocked on seemed to open.”
Skoglund says as of right now, this is her dream job as she loves working in live production, something Duke gave her four years of being a basketball manager. Duke also gave her four years of political science homework and tests, something she looks back on and is grateful for. While studying the degree, Skoglund would read different releases or supreme court cases to analyze what is said and meant to be said. Now, Skoglund is involved with many different unions every day that bring her collective bargaining agreements that she has to synthesize information and apply it to her production. The cross over from her degree to her job now is more than she thought she would see.
Skoglund’s time on Broadway has given her many stories to share, including working for a Tony Award winning musical to working alongside the late Robin Williams. Skoglund looked through the lens of America, saw a dream in working in theatre and live production and grasped it with the connections she has made throughout her life. Some may remember Skoglund as the women’s basketball manager for four years in the late 2000’s, others may remember her for her work on multiple Broadway plays. Regardless of what you may or may not know about Margaret Skoglund, her dream came true, and it started in Duke blue.