Megan Schy Gleeson’s professional directing credits include for the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre: ABSENCE (IRNE nomination for Best New Play) and CHOSEN CHILD (IRNE nominations including Best New Play, Best Actor and Best Actress); PLANK for Alley Cat Theater (IRNE nominations including Best New Play); THE CENTIPEDE KING for Tide Taken Studios; ANDROCLES AND THE LION and WINNIE-THE-POOH for Boston Children’s Theatre. She has also directed multiple plays for the Boston Theatre Marathon and the OMP Festival, working with playwrights such as Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, Kristen Greenidge, K. Alexa Mavromatis, Walt McGough, Cynthia Chapman, Peter M. Floyd and Tom Coash.
Megan has been awarded several residencies for developing new work, including the International Michael Chekhov Festival (developed Cynthia Chapman’s new play THE JOURNEY, which then went on as a finalist for the Bridge Initiative’s Bechdel Test Fest 2.0, 2019), for Vermont Arts Exchange, and for Hale House in conjunction with Boston Children’s Theatre. She has workshopped new plays for Central Square Theater’s That’s What She Said series, for The Hub Theatre and for the Manhattan Theatre Club. Megan was a story contributor for Sleeping Weazel’s THE AUDACITY: WOMEN SPEAK, which won the 2019 Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play.
A partial list of devised group theater productions Megan directed include: LIMINAL, inspired by working in collaboration with artist Sally Taylor and her exhibit at MassMOCA, as well as participants’ dreams - a modern-day tale about escapism and Big Pharma. Found, inspired by the works of the Federal Theatre Project’s Living Newspaper plays with the focus on gender roles and religion. Plan(c)ked, based on Boston playwright John Greiner-Ferris’ unfinished play (at the time) Plank, is inspired by the works of Samuel Beckett and theories of physicist Max Planck with the focus on climate change.
Originally an actor, Megan worked in theaters such as The Public Theatre/NYSF, Atlantic Theatre Company’s Stage 2 (produced by Politiscopes and Columbia University), Great Lakes Theater, New Repertory Theatre, New Harmony Project, Chautauqua Acting Company, The Playwrights Collective, among others.