Born and raised in Atlanta, and a proud graduate of Henry W. Grady High School, Megan spent the past 15 years living, working and making theater in New York City, most notably as the Associate Artistic Director of The 52nd Street Project. Following the Project, she became the Middle School drama teacher at Avenues: The World School in Manhattan, where she produced and directed bilingual theatrical productions, and guided the entire 6th grade class through writing and staging an original musical adaptation of "The Phantom Tollbooth." In 2016, Megan Cramer joined The Galloway School in Atlanta, GA, as an Upper Learning theater teacher, where she teaches acting, improvisation, and playwriting as well as directing full-scale productions.
In 2008, she founded an annual playwriting program at Grady High – the Grady Playmakers Workshop-- an intensive curriculum for high school students that culminates in a staged reading of their work, featuring professional Atlanta actors. She has grown this program to include a playwriting camp at the Alliance Theatre Company--the major regional theater company of Atlanta, and a weekend intensive at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. In addition, she regularly provides guidance and support to beginning non-profit theatre organizations; created a Family Residency program with SPACE on Ryder Farm in Brewster, NY; toured teen Shakespeare productions to Marfa, TX, and Banff, Canada; and traveled to Madagascar with Zara Aina to make an original play with Malagasy children. She has led numerous creative workshops for youth and teachers with Broadway Classrooms, Bewilder Arts, and the Alliance Theatre Company.
Megan received a B.A. degree in theater from Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC). Before delving into the world of teaching and directing, she performed as an actor in Atlanta with Synchronicity Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Horizon Theater Company, and the Alliance Theater Company; and in New York City with Prospect Theater Company, Blessed Unrest, and the Brooklyn Generator, as well as collaborating often with Ensemble Studio Theatre.
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.