Megan Cramer, originally from Atlanta, GA, has been living and working in New York City for thirteen years and is the Middle School Drama Teacher for Avenues: The World School, in Manhattan (http://www.avenuesnyc.org). Previously, she was the Associate Artistic Director of The 52nd Street Project (www.52project.org), a 33-year-old non-profit organization that creates original theater with kids. At the Project, she taught playwriting to 10-year olds, performed and directed Shakespeare with a Teen Ensemble, got to take city-kids into the countryside to rehearse plays, and dressed up like old ladies, fairies, and goddesses regularly.
She graduated from Wake Forest University in 1999 with a BA degree in Theatre and has performed in numerous productions (favorites include: Alliance Theater Company, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, and Prospect Theater Company). Her teaching and directing credits include: Director of Education for Zara Aina, a non-profit theater company bringing New York City artists to create original theater with street kids in Madagascar; Program Director for Off-the-Hook, a playwriting and acting program for teens in Red Hook, Brooklyn; Lead Teaching Artist with Opening Act, an after-school improvisation and ensemble-building workshop; and Director of the Apprentice Program at Bristol Valley Theater in Naples, NY, where she also directed a full-length children’s show “The Mostly True Adventures of Snow White”.
Megan also teaches workshops for Broadway Classrooms; leads annual teen playwriting workshops at her alma mater, Henry W. Grady High School in Atlanta, GA; collaborates with organizations like Zara Aina (zaraaina.org); DramAcum, a Romanian theater company working to create original theater with Romanian and gypsy children; the International School of Zug and Luzern in Switzerland; and regularly consults with groups and companies that are wanting to expand and develop their theatrical work with children.
All of Megan's work is focused on developing new pieces of theater & movement, and bringing out each individual's voice and instinctive talents. Whether she is working with children, teenagers or adults, she encourages everyone to remember what it is like to "play," and how to structure that sense of play into a cohesive and exciting original piece of art.