Megan Terry, Feminist Playwright, 1932-2023
Megan Terry was an Obie Award winner, a founding member of the Open Theater group, and a prolific feminist playwright. Her 1966 rock musical Viet Rock played at Yale Rep, La MaMa, the Martinique Theater Off-Broadway and was believed to be the first American play to address the Vietnam War. It is also thought to be the first American rock musical, predating the much-lauded Hair .
Terry produced over fifty works for theater, radio, and television. As a founding member of The Open Theater, she developed an actor-training and character-creation technique known as "transformation". Other works of note include Approaching Simone and Jack Jack. She was elected to lifetime membership in the College of Fellows of the American Theatre in 1994. Her other awards included the 1983 Dramatists Guild Award, an Academy of Theatre Arts Silver Medal for "distinguished contributions to, and service in, the American theatre", a Yale and a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Robert Chesley Award, two Rockefeller Foundation grants, and a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship.