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Megan Atkinson Hamilton
Director of Education and Director of Project REAL
Megan Atkinson Hamilton received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Columbus State University and a masters in Liberal Studies from East Tennessee State University. She is the founder and creator of Barter Theatre's award-winning (Dominion Energy Rising Star Award and The Appalachian Civic Center for Life Hope Award) Project REAL. Her work with Project REAL has lead her to create a Masters of Art and Graduate Certificate in Applied Theatre/REAL Pedagogy at East Tennessee State University. Megan has also collaborated with Virginia Tech to provide professional development for math and science teachers. Because of her work with Virginia Tech, she was invited and spoke on how REAL addresses education and social change at the International Academic Forum in England in the summer of 2016. Megan has also studied at the Institute of Movement in Manhattan, Michael Chekov Studio, Gas and Electric Arts Company. Her career as a theatre artist began as a Barter Player in 2006, after which she moved to the Boston, MA area, where she worked for multiple theatre companies as an actor and director. Those companies included Shakespeare Now!, Shakespeare in the Valley, Boston Actors Theatre, Company One, 11:11 Theatre Company, Zeitgeist Theatre, Hampstead Stage, and the Longwood Players. Before leaving Boston in 2011 to return to Abingdon, she worked with the Cambridge Council for the Arts using theatre techniques to help solve problems with the local transit system. She also worked with an organization that used theatre to work on self image with a group of young at-risk girls. Megan is very excited to now be using theatre to help educate the future of America in local schools.