bio

Tegan McLeod was born in Iowa city, Iowa. She later moved to the UK where she went on to study English Literature at Oxford University. She began acting in the National Youth Theatre and her first play Never Such Rain (written at age 18) was a runner-up in the Oxford New Writer’s Festival. Dominic Cavendish of The Independent remarked: “Its virtues are outstanding . . . there’s not a beat wasted in the dialogue . . . Do I feel guilty at this not getting through? Probably more so by the day.” Upon graduating, Tegan became one of only two playwrights, internationally, to be awarded a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin as a Michener Fellow in Playwriting and Screenwriting in 2013. At UT she had numerous productions, including a world-premiere of her first opera, produced in The New Works Festival, and entitled Rose Made Man; an opera about Trans identity. Her play Girls in Cars Underwater was developed at Center Stage in Baltimore, featured in the Ignition Festival at Victory Gardens, Chicago 2016 and was selected for the 2016 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center: National Playwrights Conference. In 2018 Lover Think Lover was included in The New Group’s Spring Reading Festival and her newest play Lunatic 19’s: A Deportational Road Trip was runner-up for the prestigious Papatango Prize in the UK. The world premiere of Lunatic 19’s: A Deportational Road Trip will debut at The Finborough Theatre, London, in July 2019.