Meganne George was an award-winning theatrical designer living and working in New York City. Her work has been seen across the country and around the world. She held a dual MFA in Costume and Scenic Design from Ohio State University and a BFA in Directing from Baylor University. An educator as well as an artist, Meganne was of Native American ancestry (Chocktaw Nation of Oklahoma) with roots in Texas and Arizona.
She was the Resident Production Designer for 19 seasons with New Perspectives Theatre Company, serving as de facto co-producer on many NPTC productions and events and lending her critical eye and excellent dramaturgical skills in support of dozens of playwrights and directors. She was a partner to Artistic Director Melody Brooks in selecting the annual and long-term production schedule and securing resources for the company.
Many of Meganne’s most daring projects in her last years were designs for avant-garde director Lee Breuer and Mabou Mines. Her first project with Breuer, Mabou Mines' Dollhouse, caught fire with its New York premiere in 2004. Dollhouse was an immediate critical success, receiving two Obie Awards and an Elliot Norton Award Design nomination for Meganne's costumes. Meganne toured the world with the production through 2010. Further Mabou Mines collaborations include Medea; Glass Guignol; Finn (NYSCA grant for costume design); Red Beads, which Breuer co-directed with acclaimed puppeteer Basil Twist; Pataphysics Penyeach starring Ruth Maleczech; and Choephorae, an original production that debuted at the 2006 European Capital of Culture Festival in Patras, Greece.
Balancing Meganne’s works in avant-garde theatre over the past several years were her designs for classical opera (16 seasons with Bronx Opera) and dance in the New York City area. She also worked with a wide variety of creative theatre companies, including Adobe Theatre Company, Chain Lightning, AndHow, and the last seven seasons with Parity Productions. With these companies and many others, Meganne collaborated on some of the most exciting, challenging, and entertaining productions presented to New York audiences over the past twenty five years.
A memorial service will be planned in New York City in the coming weeks, and a fund set up in Meganne's memory to support the small theatre companies and emerging artists that she dedicated her life to helping.