Megan J Riedl is a purveyor of words for the page and the stage. She feels out loud; fearlessly giving a voice to the secret stories we tell ourselves. She creates connections through sharing the messy, human experiences that often go unspoken.
Megan was a State Finalist for the 2019 and 2020 Australian Poetry Slam and finalist for the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. In 2020, she was commissioned to write and perform spoken word for Covid response projects with the City of Ballarat, and had feature performances at Mother Tongue – Women Speak, Melbourne Spoken Word’s Fresh Voices Online and Melbourne Writers Theatre’s Victorious: Words from the Pandemic. Her poetry has been featured in BabyTeeth journal and the Melbourne Writer’s Group’s Melbourne Lockdown Anthology. Megan has exhibited writing in Ballarat-based literary projects Minerva Speaks, Weathering the Future and They Are Us, and the Immigration Museum’s Becoming You exhibition.
Megan’s plays and monologues have been produced by Tripwire Theatre Inc., Bendigo Theatre Company, Baggage Productions, Skin Of Our Teeth Productions, Theatre 3Triple2 and Wyndham Theatre Company. Her directing credits include The Sum of Us (Creswick Theatre Company), Medea (Ballarat National Theatre), Penance (Independent), The Carer (Hobo Playhouse) and five original self-produced plays with Tripwire Theatre Inc. In 2020, Megan participated in Melbourne Writers’ Theatre’s In One Act script development program.
Megan is currently working on two new plays and her debut poetry manuscript.
Megan lives on stolen Wadawurrung land in Ballarat, VIC, Australia, with her two children.
The values that inform Megan’s work are:
Balance. My life’s work is not my life.
Drive. I have a vision and I manifest it.
Audacity. I take creative risks and create opportunities where none exist.
Roots. I dig where I stand, and leave a legacy.