As an educator, Meridith was a visiting artist for the MFA program in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where she taught the Business of Acting and was a mentor for several students. She was the founder and regional coordinator of the StateraArts, NYC mentorship chapter, and was on faculty at The Peoples Improv Theatre (The PIT) in NYC where she taught improvisation and comedy.
She has also taught improvisation as Associate Faculty for The Second City Training Center in Chicago, IL and has taught workshops internationally for corporate teams, festivals and Universities. In 2013 Meridith was invited as a Guest Artist to work at the CounterPulse in San Francisco, CA. where she collaborated with war veterans and performers for an original performance for ECHOTHEATRESUTCASE. It was this project that inspired her to start working on the story about her father who was a veteran titled, The Father Project.
Meridith is passionate about teaching students how to devise their own work through using various improv forms including: viewpoints, improv theatre practices (Viola Spolin, Augusto Boal, Jonathan Fox) and Tectonic Theatre Project’s moment work. The use of these practices and common vocabulary give students the confidence to bring their individual stories to life.
MENTORSHIP & FINANCAIL LITERACY
Meridith strongly believes in the power of mentorship and teaching the business of acting to young performers so that they are better equipped to value their gifts and to advocate for themselves and for the integrity of their art. She strongly feels that the current economic system in the creative arts is broken and through teaching financial literacy and steering the belief system away from the “starving artist” mentality, will create a more sustainable community of thriving and happy creative professionals.