Megan Young presents her interdisciplinary movement and new media practice under the nom de guerre, MegLouise. Her body of work considers individual agency while highlighting viewers’ consent or resistance to social systems. Her arts as activism approach has been featured in Hyperallergic, The Atlantic, and on National Public Radio (NPR).
Young directs immersive performances, interactive installations, web-based exhibitions, and social practice projects. Notable venues have included: City University of Hong Kong, Open Engagement: Justice, SPACES Gallery, Ohio University Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, Philly Fringe Festival, Junction Arts Festival Toronto, Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland Public Theatre, and Cleveland Playhouse Fusion Fest. Chicago presentations include: SpinOff Festival, Chicago Cultural Center, Links Hall, Chicago Home Theater Festival, Woman Made Gallery, MCA Chicago, Hyde Park Arts Center/Kino Dance Films, Outerspace, ARC Gallery, Glass Curtain Gallery, Salonathon, and Chicago Arts District.
Young is a recipient of two “In the Works” development residencies from Chicago Cultural Center / Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. She has been artist in residence at Site:Lab Rumsey Street Project, Prairie Center of the Arts, Playhouse Square’s Idea Center, and Ingenuity Labs. She has been awarded commissions by Citizen University (supported by the Knight Foundation) and for the development of a new work by the Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology 16th Biennial Symposium at Connecticut College.
Young shares research on embodiment and system design for academic communities including the International Workshop on Movement & Computing (MOCO ’15), Porto International Conference on Musical Gesture as Creative Interface (Portugal, 2016), and workshops through American College Dance Festivals (ACDA). She holds a BFA in dance from Ohio University and an MFA in interdisciplinary art & media from Columbia College Chicago.