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, improbably, 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?
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 washtub bass, which she plays when goaded; a great fondness for Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Chris Rock, 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’s music-play LOVE JERRY was produced in the New York Musical Theatre Festival as part of their Next Link Project series where it earned four NYMF Awards for Excellence – more than any other show in the festival – including Excellence in Writing (Book). It also earned three Talkin’ Broadway Summer Theatre Citations including Outstanding New Musical. It toured England with Dartington College of the Arts before receiving its world premiere at Actors Express Theatre in Atlanta, where it was the target of a letter-writing campaign by the American Family Association. It garnered five Atlanta Suzi Bass Award nominations including Best Musical. A finalist of the Alliance Theatre’s KENDEDA Playwriting Competition, its production at UT-Austin earned seven B. Iden Payne Award nominations including Outstanding Original Script and Score, and five Austin Critic’s Table Award nominations including Best New Play.
Megan’s ten-minute play RUMPLE SCHMUMPLE premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC with ACTF where she was the winner of Atlanta’s Dad’s Garage Theatre Company 10-Minute Play Residency Award. RUMPLE SCHMUMPLE is included in Dramatic Publishing Co.’s 2005 anthology, THIRTY-FIVE IN TEN.
Other plays include: BAD PANDA (Original Works Publising; WordBRIDGE 2008 Boomerang Playwright; Syzygy Theatre/LA Writers Center reading series), HILLARY CLINTON GOT ME PREGNANT (named in the learly “Best Plays” list by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution), and FEET FIRST IN THE WATER WITH A BABY IN MY TEETH (now titled SAVE ME, DOLLY PARTON and named in Creative Loafing’s yearly “Best Plays” list). She earned her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. Megan has been a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow and was a grateful recipient of the James A. Michener Playwriting Scholarship and the Ellsworth P. and Virginia Conkle Endowed Scholarship for Drama.