About Meg

 

Meg Eginton received certification for Eginton Alignment and is a Registered Movement Educator and Therapist (International Somatic Education and Therapy Association) in 1994. She earned her BA in dance in 1977 from Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA in theatre from the University of Iowa in 1997, as an Iowa Arts Fellow. She trained with master Alexander and Feldenkrais teacher Lydia Yohay (ATI) for 1985-1992 and was also mentored by Ilana Rubenfeld, founder of Rubenfeld Synergy Work — one of the first forms of somatic psychology. She has been in private practice in NYC, Cambridge MA, and Iowa City since 1987, and has taught workshops in the US in colleges and universities and internationally.

You can reach Meg egintonalignment@ gmail.com or MovementforAll@gmail.com

Info about ISMETA: ismeta.org After her performance career in dance and theatre, Meg created and led Movement for Actors programs at NYU/Tisch School for the Arts-Atlantic Theater School, FSU/Asolo Conservatory, American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. She is the master movement and alignment teacher for Atlantic Theater’s Advanced Acting Workshop in Burlington, VT and has taught Eginton Alignment and Movement for Actors workshops internationally at Moscow Art Theater, Theatre de Vevey, University of Bologna, International Institute of the Performing Arts Paris. She has also taught workshops for the OB/GYN Department at the University of Iowa University Hospitals, and workshops for developmentally disabled adults for the NYC Kennedy Special Arts foundation.

Meg is training her first five teachers for certification. She is a fifth generation Iowan and a native of Iowa City.

Professional Performance Background

Margaret (Meg) Eginton began her career as a leading dancer in the companies of Merce Cunningham and Stephen Petronio, and received a Dance and Theatre Bessie Award in 1987.  She also danced with Douglas Dunn and was a member of Mary Overlie’s first Viewpoints group. She maintained her own company, Meg Eginton and Dancers, for eight years, and was produced by all major venues for postmodern dance in New York, including P.S. 122, The Kitchen, Dance Theatre Workshop, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and abroad in France and Italy. Grants and Fellowships for choreography included 3 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, 2 grants from New York State Council for the Arts, 3 Dance Chance Grants, and an American Dance Festival Fellowship.

She starred on Broadway opposite Bill Irwin in Largely, New York, and acted off-Broadway with Naked Angels, Manhattan Class Company, American Place Theater, HB Studios (opposite Herbert Berghof), and in a film with Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman). In 2007 she played the three most important women in Anton Chekhov’s life in My Mocking Happiness in St. Petersburg and the International Volkov Theatre Festival in Yaroslavl, RU.  She is an inactive member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA, and AGMA.

She has directed plays, music theater, and opera at:  Riverside Theatre, New York Hometown, Sarasota Backlot Arts, International Institute for the Performing Arts/ Paris, Inner Ear, the University of Iowa, Harvard/ART Institute, FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Moscow Art Theatre Studio, Theatre de Vevey, Teatro Forli, Seattle Opera, Studio@62o St. Petersburg FL, and New Music New College. 

Her awards for directing include 2 IRAM best direction awards from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and best direction and production awards from the Sarasota Herald Tribune and Creative Loafing. Support for her theater work has come from grants and fellowships given by Iowa Arts Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Keenan Institute at the Smithsonian, Harvard Childcare Fellowship, Backlot Arts, the Amicus Foundation, and the New College Foundation.

 

Other Training: Ballet, Maggie Black, Gina Wexler. Modern Dance:  Viola Farber, Erik Hawkins, Lenore Latimore, Merce Cunningham, Dan Wagoner, Mary Overlie. Period Dance and Styles: New York Baroque. Opera:  Francois Rochaix. Acting: Fred Kareman, Wynn Handman, Herbert Berghof, David Mamet. Voice and Speech:  Lilene Mansell, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Carol Mendelsohn, Saule Ryan. Choreography and Direction:  Bessie Schonberg, Eric Forsythe.