Meg O'Brien - Director of Education
Meg O’Brien (she/her/hers) is in her 14th season at The Huntington where she is the Director of Education and the Access Coordinator. Meg has worked as an actor, dancer, singer, director, producer, arts administrator, and stage manager; however, her passion lives with theatre education. For 18 years Meg has made her living teaching students of all ages about the world of the theater.
Since joining The Huntington in 2008, Meg has directed, stage managed, and produced more than 40 performances and showcases for The Huntington’s Education Department. As Access Coordinator, Meg has significantly expanded programming during her tenure, helping to make Huntington productions more inclusive and accessible, which included successfully shepherding the return of Open Caption performances in 2019 for the first time in 10 years.
Wheelock Family Theatre named Meg an “Astonishing Woman” in 2020, and in 2019 Meg was awarded the Community Access Award from the Bay State Council for the Blind. In 2017 Meg was awarded the Huntington’s Cohen Award for Excellence. Meg is national Network Chair of the Professional Theatre Network with AATE (American Alliance for Theatre and Education),and has presented at AATE’s National Conference many times. Meg was selected with Sydney Chaffee, Codman Academy’s 9th grade Humanities Teacher (and the 2017 MA and National Teacher of the Year) to present a master class at the 2016 EL National Conference (centered around their partnership in the classroom teaching theatre as a way to bring their humanities curriculum to life in performance).
After receiving her B.F.A in Acting from the University of Connecticut in 2004, Meg lived in Stockbridge, MA and was an Artist in Residence with the Berkshire Theatre Group. Meg was a member of the stage management team for BTG’s first three community productions (The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and Oliver!) each of which had casts with more than 125 children.
In 2005 Meg helped launch BTG’s Richie Dupont Fund which provides scholarships to students to enable them to pursue their dreams of being onstage and afford them the opportunity to participate in BTG’s education programs. Favorite professional stage acting credits include dozens of roles in Theatre for Young Audiences touring productions, Assassins (Emma Goldman), Amadeus, and A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Fezziwig, twice) all at the Berkshire Theatre Group, The Taming of the Shrew (Biondello) and King John (Prince Henry) at Shakespeare & Company, as well as featured roles in Candide, Violet, Sweeney Todd, The Crucible, The House of Bernarda Alba, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, and Seeing Laughter at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre.
In addition to her work at The Huntington, Meg was the Producer and Managing Director at the award-winning Bad Habit Productions from 2011 – 2015, where she helped BHP develop and launch their popular family programming and sensory friendly performances. From 2015-2017 Meg served as the President of the Board of Directors at BHP, which closed in 2017 after 10 successful seasons.