Megan Paradis Hanley (she/her) is a theater maker, activist, and educator. For the past 15 years, she has collaborated with artists and activists in New York, Galicia, Peru, and Mexico. She is the co-artistic director of The Syndicate, a Core Member of Superhero Clubhouse, and a SITI Company Associate Artist. Megan teaches movement and acting at the New School and was an activist trainer with the Yes Men from 2012-2020. She holds a Master’s degree in performance studies from NYU.
With The Syndicate, Megan produces and performs new works by women, queer, and trans+ artists in New York, Chicago, and internationally. She was a creator/performer in the Syndicate’s CIVILITY!, TINY ERRORS AT THE END OF THE MILLENNIUM, WELL JOB GERTRUDE, and LONG DISTANCE, and was a co-producer of the company’s First Read festivals for trans and non-binary artists. As an independent director, some of Megan’s favorite recent experiences include Arts & Climate Initiative/Superhero Clubhouse’s LOISAIDA RENAISSANCE: A DECADE ABOVE WATER (the Clemente); Glenn Marla’s THE WILD UNWANTED (St. Ann’s Warehouse’s Puppet Lab); Alanna Coby's GRACEFUL EXIT (Drama League and The Clemente); and I KNOW MY ONLY FLAW IS I’M NOT PEGGY SHAW (part of Split Britches’s Desperate Archives at La MaMa Galleria), among others. As an actor in New York, Megan has performed at Bam Fisher, The Brick, HERE, the Kitchen, IRT, Signature Theater, and NYLA, in addition to appearing in Peru, Mexico, Brazil, and Canada.
With Laura VIllaverde and Raquel Espada, Megan was a recipient of the 2020 Paraíso Residency in Galicia, Spain. She received a Drama League Next Stage residency and participated in the Mabou Mines/Suite Space program with Alanna Coby. Megan was an invited artist in the UCSUR International Festival of Performance and a fellow in the EmergeNYC program at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. She is a mama to two beautiful kiddos and is currently working on a new play in homage to Mr. Rogers with Alanna Coby.