Alumni Tale: Megan Reilly ’00

What did you study at UNH?

Theatre and Biology

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

One year out of UNH, I was renting a room in Berkeley and working at Holzmueller Productions in San Francisco.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

In 2005 I was an assistant lighting designer at Cincinnati Opera and about to start my second year of grad school at the University of Texas at Austin, in their MFA in theatre design program.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

I was actually working in web development full time, and freelancing just as equally full time as a lighting designer in Austin’s indie theatre scene. I had also married Travis Bedard, UNH class of 1999, two years previously!

What are you doing now?

Packing up my house and preparing to move us to Saint Paul, MN. I’ve accepted a tenure track position at Macalester College, teaching theatre design starting this fall.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

UNH taught me that I could do anything as long as I was willing to put in the hours. I became a theatre major my senior year with very little experience in the field. The theatre department had (and still has) a ton of opportunities with which to learn and grow, and within a year I was lighting a main stage production. The faculty at UNH are still like family to me and continue to support me.

Why do you believe in UNH?

UNH has so much to offer the students and I was never discouraged from exploring new things. My experiences were so different each year, whether I was working in a research lab or taking part in a women’s studies colloquium, or staying up all night painting scenery for Mask and Dagger. The school took a freshman who REALLY didn’t feel ready to be away from home and turned her into a woman who loves adventure and confronts challenges head on.