“My college application essay was like an Oscar acceptance speech,” laughs Megan Minutillo. “But I really do dream of having it all—writing plays, making movies—taking my shows as far as they can go.” If anyone can make that college application essay a self-fulfilling prophesy, it is Megan. She helms The Writer Teacher(s), a fantastic interactive arts hub for educators and creators in the arts. The organization sparks important dialogue in the form of articles, Q&A sessions, interviews, and workshops, helping to drive home the importance of feeding arts culture and stoking the dreams of young, hungry creatives like Megan. When she’s not toiling away in the wee hours of midnight working on her own plays and projects, Megan is busy directing, producing, teaching, and just maybe, brushing up on that Oscar speech.
If you could describe yourself in one hashtag, what would it be?
Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.
Just one? Really? It's impossible to choose! I'm so fortunate to be surrounded by so many wonderful women - and their beauty just radiates from the inside out. But today, I'll have to say...my dear friend Claire M. Biggs, who's recently joined TWLOHA as a blogger/social media extraordinaire, and the thought of that just makes my heart explode with happiness. Claire is the type of friend who lifts you up. She's a rock. She is a source of inspiration and seems to have this unending well of love for everyone who comes across her path. She's a champion of goodness - I'm a firm believer that everyone should have a friend like Claire.
What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?
Oh goodness, how much time do you have? I dream of having the plays that I have written go to Broadway, and I dream of directing them. I dream of having the screenplays that I have penned make their way to the silver screen. I dream of one day being at the Tony Awards and then the Oscars. I dream of creating an arts education organization that inspires students from all different walks of life to do something the lights their soul on fire. I dream of a time when thewriteteachers.com is able to reach everyone, that it becomes a name synonymous with creativity, culture, positivity, and inspiration, and that it restores a bit of credibility to online journalism. But really, to steal a line from my dear friend, the illustrious Hannah Brencher,"As much as work goals are great, I do have a hope to meet someone, fall in love, and really stitch my life to a family I can pour into. That would be the ultimate, ultimate. Definitely."
What are you most proud of?
Oh goodness, another tough question. I'm quite proud of the plays that I've written, for part of my heart lives on those pages. I'm unbelievably proud of The Write Teacher(s) and all it's come to be in such a short time.
What piece of advice changed your life?
Ever since I was little, my father has told my brother and I to find something we love to do, and then the money will come. It's a piece of advice I've held onto, and one that has served me well. Also, there was a time not too long ago when I contemplated moving out of New York. I didn't feel like I was "getting anywhere", I felt stuck. I felt defeated. And honestly, I thought that maybe I needed to move out of state. But, then I met Greg McCaslin of the Roundabout Theatre Company, and he told me - stay put. He told me that when he was my age, he felt the same way, but that staying in New York was the smarter move for me, that I was on the right track but I just needed to keep plugging away. I'm so glad I listened!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
AH! I don't have a clear cut answer for this one. I suppose I see myself still challenging myself; I am an eternal student. I see The Write Teacher(s) running as a well oiled machine, and my productions flourishing in different theaters. But I suppose the most important thing is that I see is that I'm in my own home, surrounded by my family and friends. Happy.
What is the number one item on your bucket list?
Finishing this musical that's been dancing it's way around my head for a bit, and that screenplay that I see when I go to sleep. And then sky diving. (Cliche, but true.)
Who has been the biggest female influence in your life and why?
I've been blessed with a mother who never cared about when I got married. Or what my career was. Or what was going on with things like...prom. And for that, well, I'm eternally grateful.
If my brother and I ask her a question and she doesn't have the answer, (no matter what the question is), well, have this joke that the world sort of feels like it has tilted off it's axis. She's one of the smartest people I know - in matters of career, love, and just life. My mom is the type of woman who always, always, always just loves on other people - she honestly lights up a room. But perhaps one of the greatest things that sums up my mother, a true testament to her parenting, is a moment from my childhood in which a mother from one of my childhood friends mentioned how she hoped her daughter would marry a nice, wealthy man. My mom? Well, she just said - I just hope Megan is happy.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and what did you learn from it?
About two years ago I was a substitute teacher. And, well, while it brought me to some of the best friends I have and some of the greatest people I know, I was starting to dread going to work in the morning. So, I made the decision to leave, to pursue other interests - and I was absolutely petrified to do so, for it most certainly was a risk. But it's one of the best decisions I ever made.
Why are you THAT GIRL?
Goodness! I couldn't even begin to answer this question, as it's nothing but an honor to be considered THAT GIRL, for the women on this site are the movers and shakers of this world. They are the ones who lead with their hearts yet are unapologetic for their intellect and wisdom, they are the ones who make this world a bit more brighter.
*Interview conducted and compiled by Sheila Moeschen, IATG Senior Editor