Artist Bio

A powerful spoken word performer, Megan was awarded Queensland Poetry’s 2021 XYZ Innovation in Spoken Word Prize and was a State Finalist for the 2019 and 2020 Australian Poetry Slam as well as a finalist for the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.

She has been commissioned as part of City of Ballarat’s creative COVID response, and created poetic calls to action for the Ballarat Greens and Let’s Talk Peace, Ballarat. She has featured at Mother Tongue – Women Speak, Melbourne Spoken Word’s Fresh Voices Online, Wordcraft Spoken Word, Girls on Key and Melbourne Writers Theatre’s ‘Victorious: Words from the Pandemic’. 

Megan’s written poetry has been featured in BabyTeeth journal and the Melbourne Writer’s Group’s Melbourne Lockdown Anthology. She 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.

An active member of Ballarat’s arts scene, Megan is currently serving on the boards of Ballarat Writers and Spark Theatre and is a mentee in the Ballarat Arts Foundation 2021 Mentor Program.

She lives on stolen Wadawurrung land in Ballarat with her two children and can be found at www.meganjriedl.com.