Hailed by the Chicago Reader as "blond-haired" and "blue-eyed," Megan Gogerty is "a woman."


Megan is a comedian, apparently. 

She also writes plays and specializes in one-woman shows where she is the one woman. These shows are comedies and they’ve taken her all over the country. All of her stories are true, except for the parts she made up. 

Based in Iowa City like a normal person, Megan is known for her trenchant political commentary except for when she's talking about her hair. She offers bold pop cultural analysis with references stopping at 2006. Family friendly, except for all the curse words and Brad Pitt sex dreams, Megan opened for Louie Anderson at the Plaza Casino in Las Vegas; featured for Eddie Pepitone and Rachel Bloom at Green Gravel Comedy Festival in Iowa City; featured for Cameron Esposito at Iowa City’s Mission Creek Festival; and performed at the Laugh Riot Grrl Fest in Los Angeles. She’s won numerous playwriting awards, but she doesn’t make a big deal out of it.

Megan is also a professor of playwriting at the University of Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop, where she teaches  playwriting, comedy, dramaturgy and script analysis, musical theatre history, and the history of standup comedy in America to graduate and undergraduate students. 

To keep up with Megan, make frequent visits to her website, or find her on Twitter.


What’s she really like?

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Megan likes pineapple on pizza. Her favorite color used to be red but is now turquoise, which represents a general mellowing of her temperament. She has an extensive but by no means definitive collection of Dolly Parton albums; a sunny disposition only occasionally interrupted by bouts of moral outrage; a great fondness for Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, Maria Bamford, and other great thinkers of our time. She enjoys the occasional Italian cream soda and writing about herself in the third person. If she had a choice between a wild, all-night orgy of disco-tacular sexy fun, or sitting on her couch watching Netflix and eating peanut M&Ms, she’d probably choose the second thing.


Impressive-sounding theatre credits:

Megan Gogerty is a playwright and comedian. Her play BAD PANDA (Theatre Without Borders, Beijing; Iron Crow Theatre Co.; WordBRIDGE Boomerang Playwright honoree; Syzygy Theatre/LA Writers Center series) is published by Original Works Publishing. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution listed her solo show HILLARY CLINTON GOT ME PREGNANT in their yearly Top Ten Best Plays. Megan’s musical drama LOVE JERRY was produced in the New York Musical Theatre Festival where it won three Talkin’ Broadway Citations and four NYMF Excellence Awards including Excellence in Writing (Book). Her ten-minute play RUMPLE SCHMUMPLE (Dramatic Pub.) was a Kennedy Center/National ACTF honoree. Other plays include: HOUSEBROKEN (Riverside Theatre, Hollins University); SAVE ME, DOLLY PARTON (Riverside Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre; named among Best Plays in Atlanta by Creative Loafing); SIG GOTTA DO (Synchronicity's SheWRITES Festival, Pasadena Playhouse Hothouse Series). Her musical tribute album to the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer is widely available online. Megan was a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow, a WordBRIDGE alum, and she earned her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently teaches playwriting at the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop and is a regularly returning visiting faculty for the Playwright's Lab at Hollins University.

 

Under 100 words:

Megan Gogerty wrote BAD PANDA (Theatre Without Borders, Beijing; Iron Crow Theatre Co.; Original Works Publishing) and LOVE JERRY (NYMF Excellence in Writing Award). The Atlanta Journal-Constitution listed her solo show HILLARY CLINTON GOT ME PREGNANT in their yearly Top Ten Best Plays. Other plays include SAVE ME, DOLLY PARTON (Riverside Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre; Creative Loafing’s Best Plays in Atlanta). Megan was a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow, a WordBRIDGE alum, and she earned her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently teaches playwriting at the University of Iowa.

 

 

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