Nebraska Authors

Megan Terry

Born 1932 Seattle, WA (USA)

Distinguished American playwright Terry ended her career with a long stay at Omaha's Magic Theater. She is the author of more than 60 published plays and musicals, which have been translated into every major language and produced worldwide. Terry has also collaborated with Jo Ann Schmidman, touring the U.S. She has been credited with revolutionizing the American Theatre scene with the 1966 opening of the country's first rock musical ' Viet Rock ' which was developed in her Open Theatre workshops in New York City. She reorganized the Cornish Players of Seattle.

Election to Fellows of American Theater lifetime membership, she has won many awards including ATA silver medal for "distinguished contributions to ... American Theater." Yale and Guggenheim Fellow. Nebraska Artist of the Year, 1992 (Governor's Arts Award - Nebraska Arts Council).

Places Lived

Omaha, NE: ?-1970s-

Author Of

  • Play/Screenplay


Playwright; Musicals


University of Washington, Bachelor of Education
University of Alberta, graduate work
Banff School of Fine Arts
Trained at Seattle Repertory Playhouse


Playwright-in Residence (Magic Theatre 1970- )

Places Worked

Omaha Magic Theater


Named Artist of the Year, 1992 (Governor's Arts
Award - Nebraska Arts Council)
Was one of 19 American playwright
Fellowships for the Theater Program of the National Endowment for the Arts
Fellowship to Yale University
Recognized as 'Nebraska Artist of the Year (1994)
1983 Dramatists Guild Annual Award


Founding member of the Open Theater, the New York Theater Strategy and the Women's Theater Council


See file listing:

Viet Rock. 1966. (first rock musical).
Three One-Act Plays: Sanibel and Captive, the Magic Realists [and] One More Little Drinkie. 1970? In HR.
Calm Down Mother: A Transformation for Three Women. 1966. In HR
Comings and Goings: A Theater Game. 1967. In HR.
The Gloaming, Oh My Darling: A Play in One Act. 1967. In HR.
Keep Tightly in a Cool, Dry Place: A Play in One Act. 1967. In HR
Megan Terry's Home: Or Future Soap. 1967. In HR.
The People Vs. Ranchman[and]ex-Miss Copper Queen on a Set of Pills: A play in one act. 1968. In HR.
Approaching Simone: A Play. 1973. In HR.
Hothouse: A Play in Three Acts. 1974. In HR
High Energy Musicals From the Omaha Magic Theater. 1983. In HR.
Mollie Bailey's Traveling Family Circus: Featuring Scenes From the Life of Mother Jones. 1983. In HR
Two By Terry Plus One. 1984. In HR

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