Megan Gatts is a relatively new Teaching Artist at Parkway Playhouse, but she is not new to the Playhouse. Megan had an internship with Parkway Playhouse during the summer of 2011 and volunteered in the shop during the summer of 2013.
Megan was born in Raleigh, NC. She went to school in Holly Springs, Cary, and Boone, NC. Megan now lives in Burnsville with her parents.
Why do you enjoy being a teaching Artist working with Parkway Playhouse Junior students?
I am excited to share my long-held love of theatre and performance with the children and teenagers of our community. The Arts, including theatre, chorus, writing, and the visual arts, were such a huge part of my development when I was young. They helped me grow into a more broadminded, creative, and expressive person, not to mention the social, teamwork, and speaking skills these pursuits helped me develop. I am honored to help cultivate a similar love and experience with the students in Parkway Playhouse Junior.
How are you passionate about the Arts?
The Arts have always been a part of my life and have shaped me into the person I am today. I have participated in theatre, chorus, writing, and visual art both in and out of school as my primary creative outlets. In college, I chose to major in Studio Art with a minor in Creative Writing, still spending much of my free time working and acting in various performance and theatre projects, including taking elective classes on various aspects of theatre. The Arts have helped me make friends and professional connections as well as helped guide me to my current career path.
Megan has performed in many choral groups and in a variety of onstage roles from elementary school through college. She also appeared in a student film in college [“4 Weeks”, 2012-13]. Her stage credits include Seussical the Musical [Parkway Playhouse]; actor in Vagina Monologues [Appalachian State Women’s Center]; Dancer and Poetry Performer [Senior Studio Project - ASU]; Performance Poetry [Lyric Poetry Club - ASU]; 12 Angry Jurors, Jungal Book, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Murder’s in the Heir, Bye Bye Birdie, Disney’s A High School Musical [Panther Creek High School, Cary, NC]; and various musicals throughout Middle School and Elementary School, including the role of Marian Paroo in The Music Man Jr. [West Cary Middle School].
Backstage, in addition to her work in the Parkway Playhouse shop, Megan worked on the design and building of sets for Sherlock Holmes [ASU] as well as virtually all her high school drama department productions.
HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS
The Panther Creek High School [Cary, NC] Fine Arts Faculty selected Megan as the Most Valuable Fine Arts Senior in her graduating class of more than 450. Throughout her high school career Megan was very active in Visual Arts, Chorus, and Theatre.
Megan received the Cheap Joe's Art Scholarship. This tuition scholarship is awarded to an entering Freshman at Appalachian State University who intends to major in Art. This award is based upon review of the portfolio of work.
Volunteer - May 2013 to August 2013
Parkway Playhouse, Inc.
Intern / Assistant to the Associate Producer - May 2012 to August 2012
Contrast Creative, Inc., Cary, NC
Intern - May 2011 to August 2011
Parkway Playhouse, Inc.
Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)
Appalachian State University - December 2016
Major in Studio Art / Minor in English - Creative Writing
Megan is on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/megangatts