Megan Aherne

Megan Aherne

Playwright, Theatre Instructor

March 10, 2016


Glacity Theater Collective, Toledo School for the Arts



Tell us a little bit about some of your past projects:

They’re mostly weird.

I do all kinds of theatre — once in a while I’ll hop up on stage, but these days I’ve been doing a lot of directing. In the last year, I’ve directed Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, two original one acts for Nightmares Come In Threes and Edward Albee’s one acts, The American Dream and The Sandbox.

DIY horror theatre and surreal/absurd stories of dysfunctional families are primarily what I’ve been invested in.

What are you currently working on?:

This year’s horror show — for the last three years I’ve spearheaded interactive horror performances at various locations. These shows blur the line between haunted house and (un)conventional theatre; they are the highlight of my year.

Living in Toledo is an advantage for your work because:

I’m surrounded by the people I grew up with, that helped shape me, inspire me, and I’d like to make them proud, which makes me work harder. Plus, living in this city is affordable and there are many supporters of the arts.

One of your greatest successes:

Landing a job as a Theatre/Video teacher at Toledo School for the Arts is hands-down the best thing that has ever happened to me.

What inspires you?:

The types of people that don’t let fear get in the way of what they want to accomplish.

About your background:

I grew up in Toledo and started doing theatre in high school. I graduated from the University of Toledo with a dual degree in Theatre and Film/Video, which was where I nurtured my affinity for the strange arts.

I’ve always been a go-getting, heart-on-my-sleeve kind of gal.

A favorite quote you try to live by?

“Would you like to go get some pie with me?” — Alabama, True Romance

What's your favorite local culture in Toledo?:

There’s this great group of people that have started businesses in fields that they love. I like them a lot.

Toledo’s ‘best-kept secret’ is…

Kitty City.

Your favorite place to chill locally is…

Black Kite.

Favorite natural space in Toledo:

That strip of grass on the outskirts of Wildwood on Central where woodchucks kick it.

When not working hard, you can be found…

Nesting in blankets.

If you could change the current landscape for creative progressive people in Toledo...

I don’t think I would.

One person (living or deceased) you’d like to collaborate with:

David Lynch.

Three words that best describe you and/or your work:

Bold, Beautiful, Discomforting

Your 5 ‘desert island’ album picks:

“Jailhouse Rock,” Elvis

“Runaround Sue,” Dion

“Twist is the New Twerk,” Postmodern Jukebox

“Passover,” Black Angels

“Indigoism,” The Underachievers

I’d like to see _______ in Toledo:

Classic movies in a dreamy theatre.

The last dream you recall:

I was driving to the mall and the brakes went out. I steered into a bush, my car flew over it and the body of the car deteriorated to dust. All that was left was a metal plate on which I was sitting, the gas pedal and the steering wheel. The “car” stopped in the parking lot and I went shopping.

Driving terrifies me in real life.

The last lyric that moved you:

I feel like I have to give context to this, especially because of the above. I had just started driving (in December) and it was really foggy outside, I was super nervous. I started the car and the first thing I heard on the radio was, “I ain’t never scared.” Bone Crusher made everything ok.

One movie character you identify with:

I’m breaking the rules: Liz Lemon.

The best gift I ever received was…

My grandma’s locket.

My most inspiring moment is/was:

I saw and spoke to John Waters (one of my faves) twice in the last year. During the Q&A at the second show, I jumped out of my seat with my hand raised, he called on me (eventually), I told him I love him and he said he loved me back. I thought my heart was going to hop out of my chest — courage goes a long way.

I want my last meal to be:

Chicken and waffles.

(Below: a scene from Nightmares Come in Threes, October 2015)



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