I believe that theatre has the ability to change and save lives. When playful imagination mixes with poetic text, we draw audiences and artists into a shared creative space where we can explore and explode our ideas of what it means to be human. Empathy, understanding and growth are direct outcomes of this exploration.
I seek out plays that go after your heart by way of your brain – smart, poetic texts that leave space in the writing for staging as lyrical as the text itself. I believe in a hopeful theatre – a theatre that can show us the challenges we face, and inspire us to action – to reach for a better world. At its best, the theatre will challenge us to remake the world.
I believe in collaboration, experimentation, and making bold impossible choices.
I am always more excited by the seemingly impossible than by the easily achieved.
A little bio.
Meg Taintor is a theatre artist: a director, actor, teaching artist, collaborator, sometimes a playwright, and now a scholar.
From 2015-2018, she served as Producing Artistic Director for Opera House Arts, a community gathering space rooted in the belief that access to and participation in the arts can change lives. From 2005-2014, Meg was Artistic Director for Whistler in the Dark Theatre, a small ensemble theatre in Boston, MA producing highly theatrical and physically inventive plays that question and challenge our assumptions about the world in which we live and the rules we live by.
As a director, her work has focused on plays that blends a deeply personal examination of the world with a strong political viewpoint, including Caryl Churchill's Far Away and Fen, Biljana Srbljanovic's Family Stories, Naomi Wallace's One Flea Spare, Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson's An Iliad, a new adaptation of Ted Hughes' Tales from Ovid, and Nicolas Billon's Greenland (for Apollinaire Theatre). She has also worked as a playwright, most recently completing an adaptation of Down East Maine author Ruth Moore's short stories, I Have Seen Horizons: Ruth Moore's Stories from Maine.
In Boston, Meg was a co-founder of the Small Theatre Alliance of Boston, where she served as the inaugural President of the Board. She has also served on the board of StageSource, the theatre service organization of Boston, and the Stonington Economic Development Committee.
She recently completed her MLitt in Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow.
Meg lives in Glasgow with the best dog in the world.