Megan Shuchman serves as Associate Education Director for Steppenwolf for Young Adults, where she has worked for seven 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 10,000 area high school students and educators.
In 2013, Megan served as one of the producers of 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, Megan has worked with Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, American Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists, Lifeline Theatre, and Theatre Seven of Chicago. Her production of Laura Jacqmin’s Dental Society Midwinter Meeting had three successful runs at Chicago Dramatists/At Play Productions, 16th Street Theater and then Theater on the Lake and received an Honorable Mention as Time Out Chicago’s ‘Best Plays of 2010’ and was awarded NewCity’s ‘Top 5 New Plays of 2010.’ Megan is a proud 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.