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 Australian Poetry Slam and finalist for the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. Her poetry has been published in BabyTeeth journal and included in Ballarat-based literary projects Minerva Speaks, Weathering the Future and They Are Us. In 2020, she was commissioned by the City of Ballarat, featured at Mother Tongue – Women Speak and Melbourne Writers Theatre’s ‘Victorious: Words from the Pandemic’.
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 is participating in Melbourne Writers’ Theatre In One Act script development program.
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.