New York City • Bronxville
1973-1994: Meg studied at New York's Sarah Lawrence College and received BAs in Dance and philosophy, with a second concentration in Philosophy. She then joined Douglas Dunn and Dancers and Mary Overlie’s company, followed by Merce Cunningham’s company in winter 1977 as an apprentice. She toured with Merce for 3.5 years to many cities in Europe and the United States and originated 9 roles in the repertory and 2 on film. After her work for Merce she formed her own company, Meg Eginton and Dancers, which she maintained for 9 years, and for which she received many grants and fellowships including a New York State choreography grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for teaching and choreography. Her work was produced at all major downtown dance venues.
During these 9 years she also started studying Alexander Technique and other Somatic Movement therapies and forms with Lydia Yohay, Nancy Topf, Elaine Summers, and Ilana Rubenfeld to name some. And she danced with Stephen Petronio for 4 years, work for which she received The Bessie for her dancing. This was followed by a stint of starring with Bill Irwin in his Largely New York, a show which toured Seattle Rep, The Kennedy Center, and City Center in New York before opening at the St. James Theatre on Broadway, where it ran for just under 200 performances and was nominated for 4 Tonys, including best choreography (she did her own choreography).
After retiring from active dance performing in 1990 she began to act in other plays off Broadway with notable companies including the Public Theatre, acted in many commercials, and did a role in Al Pacino’s Scent of a Woman (Tony Award for Best Picture). She retired from acting after the birth of her son and briefly attended graduate school in Psychology at NYU night school, before deciding to go to graduate school in theatre, and return to Iowa on an Iowa Arts Fellowship for that purpose. From 1986-1994 Meg was Head of Movement for Atlantic Theater’s studio within Tisch School for the Arts. She also taught dance for the Experimental Theatre Wing at New York University, and taught workshops for homeless children for the Children’s Aid Society, and workshops for Intellectually Disabled Adults for the New York Foundation for the Arts and the State of New York.