Megan Chan Meinero
A leaf peeping adventure amongst friends quickly turns sour when the group realizes one of them is hiding a dark secret.
Megan is a playwright and screenwriter. Her plays include HELLS CANYON (The New Group commission), THE PRE-MED MATH CLUB (Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist, Honorable Mention), GOOD FORTUNE (EST Bloodworks, The New Group No Limits) and ART THERAPY. Currently, Megan is adapting GOOD FORTUNE for the screen with A-Major Media and 42 m+p. She was recently a staff writer on Dear Edward, Jason Katims’ new series for Apple TV+. MFA: Northwestern University
A BIT ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
1. When did you start writing plays? If you had a moment where you realized you wanted to write, what was it?
I went to school to become an actor and quickly realized I was a… terrible actor. But part of that was because I wanted to play a bigger role in shaping the stories onstage. So I pivoted to writing and went for my MFA. I was pretty adamant I was only going to write for TV/film, but my program required a playwriting class. Thomas Bradshaw taught that class and he changed my life. He showed me how I could put all of crazy, bold, wild ideas into play form. And I haven’t stopped writing plays since.
2. How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?
Leaf Hunters began as a Youngblood brunch. The theme of the brunch was “road trips.” And at the time, it was fall. So this play felt right.
3. What are 5 words that describe who you are as a playwright?
Fearless, relentless, compassionate, deceptively devious
4. What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?
Stephen Sondheim, Adam McKay, Aaron Sorkin, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Jason Katims. And my french bulldog, Lu.
5. What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?
I’m a standup comedian!
6. What are some of your favorite plays?
The Wolves, The Motherf*cker with the Hat, Yellow Face, Hangmen, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Our Town
7. Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?
Developing a new play called HELLS CANYON about the Hells Canyon massacre of 1887. Except instead of a historical retelling, it’s a female-driven revenge epic. Also, catch Dear Edward on Apple TV+ soon!