Megan J Riedl – Feeling Out Loud.
Combining the personal and political, Megan leads by example in standing up, showing up and speaking up, sharing the messy, human experiences that often go unspoken.
A powerful spoken word performer, Megan’s poetry fearlessly gives voice to the secret stories we tell ourselves.
Megan’s playwriting explores themes of identity, belonging, truth and power, highlighting issues of social justice. A collaborateive theatrical director, Megan creates beautiful worlds of stylised realism.
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.
She lives on stolen Wadawurrung land in Ballarat with her two children and can be found at www.meganjriedl.com.