From 2005-2014, Megan was on staff at The 52nd Street Project, most notably as the Associate Artistic Director (www.52project.org).
The 52nd Street Project (The Project) is dedicated to the creation and production of new plays for, and often by, kids between the ages of nine and eighteen that reside in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in New York City. The Project does this through a series of unique mentoring programs that match kids with professional theater artists.
The Project is about making children proud of themselves. The Project is not about teaching children to act, although they will learn to. It is not about teaching them to write plays, although they will learn that as well. What it is about is giving a kid an experience of success. It is about giving a kid an opportunity to prove that he or she has something of value to offer, something that comes from within that he or she alone possesses, something that cannot be taken away.
Past artist/volunteers have included Billy Crudup, Peter Dinklage, Edie Falco, Malcolm Gets, Spalding Gray, Dana Ivey, Susan Kim, Henry Krieger, Robert Sean Leonard, Natasha Lyonne, Roma Maffia, Jesse L. Martin, James McDaniel, Paul McCrane, Frances McDormand, James Naughton, Oliver Platt, Martha Plimpton, Theresa Rebeck, Jose Rivera, Lili Taylor, Pam Tyson, Wendy Wasserstein, Frank Wood and hundreds of others. Many return regularly, as they find the experience fulfilling and artistically stimulating.
For its first fifteen years, the Project relied on borrowed spaces in which to implement its programs. In 1996, the Project established The Clubhouse, a center where children can flourish in the heart of, but sheltered from, the tough neighborhood in which they live. In 2010, the Project opened its current facility, which includes, for the first time in its history, its very own theater (Five Angels Theater) dedicated to the work of the kids of the neighborhood.
2013 Teen Ensemble "Twelfth Night" Production & Canadian Tour (Calgary & Banff) In 2013, Megan directed a full-length adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," starring 10 high school students. The production performed in New York City, followed by a North American tour to the University of Calgary and the Banff Centre in Western Canada.
Past Project Productions 2005-2013
Lotus Foundation grant acceptance speech, 2012 In 2012, Megan wrote and delivered an acceptance speech for a grant that funded our Playmaking program.