Assistant Professor

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Megan Reilly creates original lighting, media, and scenic designs for performance. Her professional work includes designs in Minneapolis for Mixed Blood Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre, New Century Theatre, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Live Action Set and Red Eye Theatre. In Texas, she has designed for Austin companies such as Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Rude Mechanicals, Trouble Puppet, Whirligig Productions, and Hidden Room, and several productions with Playhouse San Antonio. Recently she designed lights for “Transmission,” a mixed reality immersive performance that premiered at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Megan also researches “experience design,” the process of creating entire worlds and realities that call for the active engagement of audience/participants in performances involving new media, immersive theatre, and alternate reality games. She received her MFA in theatre design from the University of Texas at Austin.

Areas of Teaching Expertise

Lighting design
Scene design
Projection/media design

Macalester Courses

Fundamentals of Scene Design / Scenography
Lighting Design
Creative Technologies
Theatre in the Twin Cities

Selected Productions

Lighting design, Transmission, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, dir. Ian Garrett, August 2017

Lighting design, Mary Poppins, Prescott Park Arts Festival (Portsmouth, NH), dir. David Kaye, June 2017

Scenic & lighting design, Acute Care, Macalester College, dir. Beth Cleary, April 2017

Lighting design, Urinetown, Macalester College, dir. Harry Waters Jr., November 2016

Media design, Orange, Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis, MN), dir. Jack Reuler, November 2016

Lighting design, The Sparrow, Live Action Set (Minneapolis, MN), dir. Joanna Harmon & Noah Bremer, May 2016

Scenic design, The Clean House, Macalester College, dir. Steve Yoakam, February 2016

Selected Publications

“Great Wall of Pi: Creating a hi-tech multimedia solution for $2000, not $10,000” USITT TD&T Spring 2017,

Personal Affiliations:

USITT member; lighting design commission member; member of projection design working group
OISTAT member
ATHE member