Megan Sandberg-Zakian is a freelance theater director and the Director-in-Residence at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA., focusing on the nurturing and development of new plays and playwrights. In addition to her directing work, Megan is an activist and consultant supporting theaters to work towards inclusion and equity, and a founding member of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations engaging with Middle Eastern stories. Megan has previously served as the Associate Artistic Director of Underground Railway Theater (Cambridge, MA), the Providence Black Repertory Company (RI), and The 52nd Street Project (NYC). She is a recipient of the Princess Grace Theater Award and the TCG Future Leaders fellowship, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and a Merrimack Repertory Theater "Artistic Patriot". Megan is a graduate of Brown University and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Proud SDC member.
Recent directing projects include the world premiere of Nathan Alan Davis' Nat Turner in Jerusalem at New York Theatre Workshop, the Boston premiere of Danai Gurira's The Convert (Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding Production; IRNE Award, Best Production & Best Director), and the world premiere of The Broken Record at FringeNYC (Overall Excellence Award). Other favorite projects include: developing and directing Danny Bryck's "docu-play" about Occupy Boston, No Room For Wishing (co-produced by Central Square Theater, Company One and Boston Playwrights' Theatre), co-directing the Boston premiere of Tarell McCraney's The Brother Sister Plays at Company One in Boston (IRNE Award: Best Production; IRNE nominee: Best Director; Elliot Norton Nominee: Outstanding Production), Lydia Diamond’s Harriet Jacobs at Underground Railway Theatre in Cambridge, MA (Elliot Norton Nominee: Best New Play; IRNE Nominee: Best Ensemble) and the RI premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Perishable Theatre/Trinity Repertory Company (Motif Awards: Best Production, Best Set Design, Best Actor).
In addition to her artistic practice, Megan works as an organizational consultant specializing in connecting arts organizations more deeply to their communities, and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives. She has taught classes and workshops in community-based performance at Brown University and Yale University, and was a co-organizer of the Fall 2011 "Making, Meaning, and Context: A Radical Reconsideration of Arts Work" Conference at Goddard College. Megan is proud to be part of the current conversation on diversity and inclusion in the American theater, both nationally and in the Boston community, and part of the first ever TCG Diversity and Inclusion Institute. She recently published "The Ferguson Theater Syllabus" in American Theatre magazine, co-authored with Claudia Alick, and is the creator/admin of a resource for identifying diverse theater designers and technicians. She's proud to have authored the forwards to Lydia Diamond's Harriet Jacobs (Northwestern University Press, 2011) and Chantal Bilodeau's Sila (Talonbooks, 2015).