director

Associate Member of the SDC | Member of 2020 SDCF Observership class, NYC

Meridith (she/her) is a multi-passionate director, actor, producer and educator. Her artistic sensibility is joyful, equitable, curious, precise and a shade wabi sabi. Her broad strokes of work range from microscale absurd sketch comedy to macroscale immersive, experiential theatrical events. She strongly values giving her actors and collaborators BRAVE space to offer their truths and ideas that challenge conventional ways of casting, collaborating, and creating.

As a director/creator, select credits include: The Father Project (producer/director) MOVE (ensemble-created), Under Construction by Charles Mee (Naropa University, MFA), Jason Craig & Dave Malloy’s BEOWULF: A Thousand Years of Baggage (Nine Henry Award Noms), Mickle Maher’s There is A Happiness That Morning Is and Jordan Harrison’s FUTURA (The Catamounts), A Christmas Carol (Miners Alley Playhouse), Escanaba in Da Moonlight and Paul Sills’ Story Theatre (Evergreen Players), Peter Gwinnn’s Moulin Scrooge (The Catamounts in collaboration with The Band of Toughs), One Act: a fully improvised play (creator/director-Boulder International Fringe Festival/Chicago Improv Festival), and Normal Heights in collaboration with Jim Walker and Gary Grundei.

Of these credits, Meridith is most proud of curating BITE-SIZE: An Evening of Micro Theatre from initial concept to creation. BITE-SIZE was made with the support of Off-Center at The Denver Center Performing Arts Company, winning Westword’s Best Immersive Piece in 2018. 213 playwrights submitted from around the country to have their play performed in an experiential theatre event at Denver-hotspot Bookbar. Of these 213 submissions, 10 were selected (5 produced, 5 runners-up). All 10 were published by Bookbar Press in 2020. The plays sold so well (their highest grossing anthology next to Obama’s newest memoir), the proceeds went to DCPA to support the impact of the 2020 pandemic.

Beowulf: A Thousand Years Of Baggage
Director |The Catamounts | Boulder, CO 2017
NOTHING FURTHER
Director, creator | A work in progress showing | NYC 2019
MOVE
Director | Naropa University MFA | 2018
FUTURA
The Catamounts | Director | Boulder, CO 2016
Bite Size, An Evening of Micro Theater
Director, creator | Off-Center with The Denver Center Theatre Company | 2018
Beowulf: A Thousand Years Of Baggage
Director |The Catamounts | Boulder, CO 2017
There Is A Happiness That Morning Is
Director |The Catamounts | Boulder, CO 2016
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