Called “a ruthless innovator” (SF Weekly) and “one insightful and confident woman with a devilish sense of humor” (HuffPo), Megan Cohen (b. 1983) is also a fairly friendly playwright, opera librettist, game writer, and writing coach.
She dropped out of high school but went on to Stanford University (BA, Drama with Honors) where she was lucky to study Brecht’s works under the direct mentorship of his friend Carl Weber. She even won the Eleanor Prosser Prize for her original research on U.K. devised theater ensemble Forced Entertainment, thereby being awarded departmental honors and standing out as a certified dork among a very competitive pool of fellow book-drunk nerds and dweebs.
In the decades since then, she has mostly been incredibly cool. She has worn fantastic haircuts, toured as a performance artist, and (briefly) cruised around San Francisco in a huge white slightly-broken Cadillac with members of an actual rock band. Given all those facts it’s weird she hasn’t done more drugs, but she was always cool enough without them.
She worked jobs: Literary Manager for an award-winning theater, Communications and Engagement Manager for big-hearted performing arts companies with small budgets, and even Social Media Manager for a climate change non-profit. In addition to being all of those managers, she was also a million-pageview blogger under a still-pretty-secret pen name. During her web content era she briefly worked as an official blogger for Bill “The Science Guy” Nye’s TV show, and wrote miscellaneous internet articles about things like how to ride a skateboard.
Mostly though, she has done theater, opera, and other kinds of fictional narrative writing. Creating real experiences for real people by inventing made-up things.
The majority of her life (childhood, teenhood, adulthood) has been based in San Francisco, CA.
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Thank you for coming to my website!I made it myself, but put most of it in third-person to sound more “professional” since that is industry standard.Do you think it should be industry standard?I have mixed feelings about the idea of “professionalism.”I like that “professionalism” shows respect, but dislike that it creates distance.
“In the sui generis mind of theater artist Megan Cohen, silliness intermingles with oh-no-she-didn’t moxie; searing smarts blend seamlessly with surreal reverie and a bottomless capacity for feeling.” –San Francisco Chronicle–