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Meet Margot Mejia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Margot Mejia.

Margot, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up in Queens, New York. My mother was a former professional ballerina for the Boston Ballet and introduced my brother and me to the entertainment world at a young age. We started out as child models with FFT model management posing on the runway for Kmart’s new line of Sesame Street clothes with Penny Marshall. As I grew older, I became more interested in character and began to explore character through writing.

After I graduated high school, I delayed college and attended Stella Adler’s adult summer conservatory and was signed with a bi-coastal manager immediately after graduating as a teenager. Being that I was so young, my parents encourage me to continue school, so I enrolled in community college and took a break from acting. I needed to find a creative outlet, so I returned to writing and began studying improv with the UCB theater.

Being involved in the comedy community fit perfectly in my school schedule and I began to produce my own sketches for funny or die and working with UCB House Team talents in any way I could, whether it be as a props assistant, location scout or acting in bit roles. It was from working with UCB that I came to love producing my own work and continued to seek opportunities to do so.

My first one-act play was a murder mystery called, “Happy Birthday, David” that won second play for Manhattan Repertory Theater’s Winter-One Act Festival. I later adapted this one-act into a musical that debuted on the main stage for The People’s improv theater. I decided to finish my education at New York University with a degree in creative writing focusing on poetry.

It was at NYU that I developed the attention to detail for each line and verse that grew my skills as a playwright. I began performing my poetry live around the city at places like the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House and the KGB Bar&Lit Lounge.

It was from what I learned as a poet that gave birth to my most recent play, Sleep F$@cking: Revision, which debuted Off-Broadway at Theater or the New City’s 9th annual Dream Up Festival. It’s wild to look back at my journey starting out as a child model taking the express from queens to a dramatist guild playwright performing her own work.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
When I had to return to school, it definitely felt like I was taking off the path of pursuing a career as an actor. Looking back at the moment now—I can see it was the best thing that could have happened to me. I rediscovered my love for writing and paired it with my love for performance by creating my own work. Which coincidentally is the motto of my conservatory, The Atlantic Acting School.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I would absolutely say I am known for my outlandishness. Whether it be drama or comedy — which I believe there is no clear-cut genre when it comes to the two. There is truth in comedy, which can lend to the “dramatic”, and comedy in drama. I like to highlight both in my storytelling in the “biggest way” possible.

I enjoy writing for large ensembles and seeing what happens when they all collide. I see comedy as a tool to educate the audience about things going on in the world today.

I believe Stella Adler said something to the effect of the mission of the theater is to make the audience aware of societal issues going on in today’s world. I honor holding up that mirror through truth in comedy.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’m currently working on a television pilot with writing partner, Alex Luke, that will be pitched to networks. I’m also working on my next play, “Dog Funeral” to be workshopped. As for my most recent play, I’m hoping to have another staging of it at another off-broadway theater.

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