MEGAN LEE GARGANO is a native of Cleveland, Ohio where she began her training in 2003 at the Royal School of Ballet under the direction of Joanne Hughes Morscher. In addition, Megan studied at The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, BalletMet, performed with The Pennsylvania Ballet and participated in several dance festivals throughout Ohio.
In 2012, Megan received her BFA in Performance and Choreography from Ohio University School of Dance where she developed her own artistic voice under the mentorship and direction of Madeleine Scott, Marina Walchli, Mickie Geller, Travis Gatling, Tresa Randall, John Bohuslawsky and Gladys Bailin. While studying at OU, Megan performed the reconstruction of Alwin Nikolais piece Noumenon Mobilus, under the direction of Alberto del Saz. She has performed in faculty works by Mickie Geller and guest work by Adriana Durant, Stefanie Batten Bland and Sean Curran.
July 2010 Megan studied at the Laban Centre in Greenwich, London where she furthered her studies in Limon and Release Techniques, choreography and contact improvisation. In 2010 Megan set original work at the Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights and in 2011 her work “Formally Phrased, with the exception of a few” was selected for adjudication at the American College Dance festival held at Grand Valley State University, Michigan.
In 2009, Megan co-founded The Movement Project, a professional dance company located in Cleveland, whose mission is to challenge perspectives, evoke social change and bridge communities through the power of movement. TMP received their non-profit status in 2013 and in 2017 they officially moved to their new home at Pilgrim Church in Tremont.
As TMP’s co-artistic director, Megan has helped develop programing that supports the needs of Cleveland artists and youth. TMP’s annual summer intensive brings in over 40 youth and 30 professional dancers each year for two weeks of intense training. In 2016 TMP launched the first ever Cleveland Dance Fest thanks to the Creative Workforce Fellowship, which was awarded to TMP co-artistic director Rebecca Leuszler. In 2015, TMP launched the Cleveland Artist Initiative (CAI), a program designed to support and fund the creation of new work by Cleveland artists. In 2016, TMP paid more than one quarter of their operating budget to artists outside of TMP, hiring over 30 artists. This applied to multiple disciplines including choreographers, composers, costume designer, lighting designer, photographer/videographer, teaching artists, stage managers and the creation of 15 new works. CAI aligns directly with TMP’s mission and will remain a focus of their budget as TMP continues to grow. TMP’s work has been featured at Cleveland Public Theatre, Hullabaloo/Valerie Mayen, Cellar Door Cleveland, Arts in August, OhioDance Festival at BalletMet, Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio University, Dumbo Dance Festival in NYC, Going Dutch Festival in Elgin Illinois, The Breen Center, Lakewood Masonic Temple, SPACES Gallery, Pilgrim Church and MOCA.