My Brelby Moment: Megan O’Connor

It’s that time of year again!! That time when we give the blog over to our immensely talented artists and let them share their thoughts about art, life and more. The November Blogathon has become a Brelby tradition here at the Brelby Buzz, and this year we’re wrapping up Season Nine with our favorite Brelby Moments. For the next 30 days, our artists will discuss their favorite Brelby Moments from Season Nine and how that has impacted them and the

Company Member, Megan O’Connor, who you’ve seen this season in The 4th Annual Miscast Concert, talks about the little moments that make up the big defining moment of Season Nine for her.

My Brelby Moment

By Megan O’Connor

My Brelby Moment is made up of lots of little moments from this season. I feel so lucky to have called Brelby my home theatre for the past three seasons and that every season I’ve been given the opportunity to challenge myself in new ways and continue to grow as both an artist and a person. This season started with the opportunity to rest. Season Nine was the most jam packed Season Brelby has seen and I took the first four months off to recover from Season Eight and to write my first full-length play. I felt the pressure to step up and volunteer to design something, stage manage something, audition for something, but each time, I resisted and Shelby validated my decision always telling me that it was good to rest and to come back refreshed. I was given the opportunity to design the hair and makeup for unexpected, which was my first show of the season. I love new works and helping to bring characters to life. This show was challenging for me, for a lot of reasons, and I’m proud of how it turned out but I found myself preoccupied with other things–my long-distance relationship, my job, lots of things that I used to be able to leave at the door that I wasn’t able to shut out as easily. And then The Pledge happened. Brelby gave me the opportunity to write my first full-length play and to be part of the process from auditions to rehearsals and production meetings, I had a voice at every step. I’ve never felt more fulfilled as an artist than while watching something I wrote come to life and be appreciated by artists and audiences whom I respect. I’m so proud of the show we created and I’m going to rewrite it and change it, but no matter where it goes, I’ll always remember where it started. I also got the opportunity to perform in the Season Ten reveal, which has been one of my favorite events when the next year’s shows are presented through various performances. It’s always so exciting and this year was no exception. Season Ten is full of amazing world premieres and I’m excited to see Brelby continue to push itself and it’s artists further. But there was a moment, during the Season Reveal when I realized, that I wasn’t planning ahead. I wasn’t thinking about how I could contribute or what I would work on and in what way. I was thinking about traveling and writing and taking some classes and working with other Theatres. And that was my Brelby Moment. Understanding, in a way that I never have before, that it is time to leave the party. I’ve never been good at that, I always leave too early or too late, but this time it feels like it’s the right time to step down as a Company Member. Time to take what I’ve learned and the passion that I never knew could burn so fiercely and see where I go next. Brelby is giving me that opportunity. I’m not their slave, we’re all free to work with other Theatres, take breaks, and step back at any time, but I’ve felt supported and understood in my decision. So that’s it kids! Thank you for having me and letting me ask you to write and read this blog for the last couple of years. It’s been the most amazing experience and my absolute pleasure. I’m leaving but I know that I’ll be back to have more moments because Brelby and all it’s opportunities will always be here.

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