Megan Shuchman serves as Associate Education Director for Steppenwolf for Young Adults, where she has worked for eight seasons and helms the in-school residency and teacher training program; co-facilitates the Young Adult Council, an acclaimed after-school program for high school theater enthusiasts; and assists in implementing programming around two original productions a year for 15,000 area high school students, educators and community members. Megan has extensive teaching and facilitation experience, having taught high school students and adults for over ten years as a professional theatre practitioner.
Long committed to creating art that empowers young people to take action in their communities, in 2013, Megan helped to produce programming around Now Is The Time, a citywide initiative spearheaded by Steppenwolf to provide young people an artistic voice to combat youth violence in their communities. This included serving as production dramaturge for a world premiere production of Miles Harvey’s How Long Will I Cry?: voices of youth violence which enjoyed a sold-out run at Steppenwolf in addition to a tour of Chicago Public Libraries around the city. As part of this initiative, Megan also devised and directed Our City, Ourselves, a production created with members of the A Red Orchid Theatre youth ensemble that followed three teens as they dealt with intolerance and violence in their neighborhoods.
As a director and dramaturge, she has worked with Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, American Theatre Company, 16th Street Theatre, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Chicago Dramatists and Strawdog Theatre and is a proud company member of 2nd Story, a collective of artists working together to build community through the power of storytelling. Before moving to Chicago, Megan was an executive member of the Prison Creative Arts Project, producing plays in prisons and juvenile detention centers around Michigan. Megan received a BA in Theatre from the University of Michigan.