Artist Discipline: Literary - Teaching Artists, Theatre - Teaching Artists
Maia Morgan’s critically acclaimed plays and monologues have been produced throughout Chicago. Her work has been featured in Live Bait Theatre’s Filet of Solo Fest and was selected Critic’s Choice in the Chicago Reader in 2006 and 2007. A founding member of Running with Scissors, Maia appeared in their award-winning production, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, and wrote and performed in Breathing Underwater. Other work for the stage includes "Sister, Sister," a collaboration with choreographer Ann Boyd, which was nominated for a Ruth Page award, and an adaptation of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" for Evanston Children’s Theater. Maia has worked with About Face, Collaboraction, Redmoon, Tellin’ Tales, and Powertap Productions and has been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook and Ragdale. In 2010, she won a national non-fiction writing contest and is currently at work on a book.
Maia has taught poetry, creative writing, dance, and theater to K-12 students throughout the Chicago area. She has worked with special needs, autistic, and deaf students, as well as in bilingual classrooms. She has designed and led professional development workshops for teachers at Lisle Junior High, with Urban Gateways at the Terra Museum in Chicago, Cleveland State University, and the Project for After School Education in New York City. She has developed and taught classes and workshops for Columbia College, Evanston's Young Artist Program, Gallery 37, Steppenwolf and Lookingglass Theatres, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women with Stillpoint Theatre Collective. Maia spent two years as a full time faculty member at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. Currently, Maia is serving as a faculty member for the Teaching Artists Development Studio.
Maia graduated with a B.A. in English, cum laude, from Carleton College.
On the first day of your class I was very nervous because I thought that you were going to make us write poems 24-7. But I shouldn’t have made that judgment because when I met you, you were very nice and kind. Then I knew your love of poems and movement. The day after that my love of poems grew too, maybe I might be famous for my poems.