Megan Carney is a director, writer and educator in Chicago. She has directed several readings and workshops for RTE and directed the production of Lisa Dillman’s The Walls at the Steppenwolf Garage.
Megan is an Artistic Associate with About Face Theatre, where she co-founded About Face Youth Theatre and created original plays with LGBTQ youth and their allies. Her work with AFT resulted in nine years of award-winning programming and plays produced at The Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens and the Theatre Building as well as national tours.
Other oral history and interview-based projects include Let Them Eat Cake, debating same sex marriage as a civil right; Pittsburgh Project Remix, exploring the legacy of the steel industry; [classified], illuminating diversity issues at Virginia Tech; and Open Systems, commemorating five years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, commissioned by Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.
Megan’s work has been recognized with multiple After Dark Awards, a TCG Observership Grant, the GLSEN Pathfinder Award, an APA Presidential Citation, induction in Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, a Rockefeller Foundation MAP Grant, and a GLAAD Media Award nomination. Her writing on community-based art practices and using theatre to combat racism is published online and in print.
Megan is the Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center at UIC where she provides education and support for and about amazingly fabulous LGBTQ communities. She has an MFA in Theatre Arts from Virginia Tech.