Megan Young holds an MFA in interdisciplinary arts and media from Columbia College Chicago and a BFA in modern dance choreography from Ohio University. She has taught workshops and residencies for professional and pre-professional programs including: Dance in the Annex (DITA), University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC), Columbia College Chicago, Ohio University, Case Western Reserve University, American College Dance Association, Ohio Dance Organization, Chicago High School for the Arts, Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights Ensemble Program, and Beck Center for the Arts.
Young shares research on embodiment and system design for academic communities including the International Workshop on Movement & Computing (Vancouver, 2015), Porto International Conference on Musical Gesture as Creative Interface (Portugal, 2016), and Feminist Social Practice Consortium at Open Engagement (Chicago, 2017).
She has been recognized by numerous awards and fellowships including a recent Individual Artist Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council and a Creative Workforce Fellowship through CPAC with Cuyahoga Arts Council. Previous distinctions include the Follett Graduate Merit Award from Columbia College and AmeriCorps - Points of Light Fellowship for national and community service. Her arts as activism approach has been featured nationally in Hyperallergic and The Atlantic.
Young directs interactive installations, immersive performances, and social practice projects under the collaborative umbrella of MegLouise. National and international credits include: University of Hong Kong / International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA), Junction Arts Festival Toronto, Theatre of Moscow Southwest, DUMBO Dance Festival, Outlet Dance Project, SPACES Gallery, Woman Made Gallery, MCA Chicago, Hyde Park Arts Center/Kino Dance Films, Pritzker Pavilion, Glass Curtain Gallery, ARC Gallery, Philly Fringe Festival, Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland Public Theatre, Baldwin Wallace University, and Cleveland Playhouse Fusion Fest. MegLouise has been in residence at Site:Lab - ArtsPrize, Prairie Center of the Arts, Ingenuity Cleveland, Playhouse Square Center LAUNCH program, and awarded two residencies at Chicago Cultural Center through the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).