A powerful spoken word performer, Megan was awarded Queensland Poetry’s 2021 XYZ Innovation in Spoken Word Prize and was a 2022 Finalist in the international online Your Place poetry Slam, an Australian Poetry Slam Victorian State Finalist for past three years, and a finalist for the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
She has been commissioned as part of City of Ballarat’s creative COVID response, and by CresFEST, and created poetic calls to action for the Ballarat Greens and Let’s Talk Peace, Ballarat. She has featured at poetry events around Victoria including Mother Tongue, Melbourne Spoken Word, Wordcraft, Girls on Key, Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival and Chisholm Street.
Megan’s written poetry has been featured in BabyTeeth journal and the Melbourne Writer’s Group’s Lockdown anthology and Ship Street Poetry’s Rise Up Rabid Souls anthology. She has exhibited writing in Ballarat-based literary projects Minerva Speaks, Weathering the Future and They Are Us, as well as 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 Hysterica (Skin of Our Teeth), The Sum of Us (Creswick Theatre Company), Medea and Mr Bennet’s Bride (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 a member of the 13 Moons Collective, and an artist at Femxle Experience Art Rebellion. An alumni of Leadership Ballarat’s Leaders Program 2017, Megan has held board positions with Ballarat Writers and Spark Theatre and is currently the Executive Assistant for Ballarat Arts Foundation.
Megan lives on Wadawurrung land in Ballarat with her two children and can be found at www.meganjriedl.com