Who wants to follow in the footsteps of master improvisation artist and super-energetic, 2-time TEDxGreenville emcee Harrison Brookie? No takers? Ah, but you are not Meg Pierson, founding member of and resident instructor for Alchemy Comedy, Greenville’s only weekly improv theatre group.
Meg Pierson, this year’s TEDxGreenville emcee, began her stage career in 2004 with Clemson University’s improv comedy group. During her time at Clemson, she trained in Atlanta, Chicago, and Chapel Hill and performed across the Southeast. She has performed with the Upstate Shakespeare Festival, Greenville Little Theater, and two improv companies.
Meg speaks to her excitement as the emcee for Kaleidoscope, “… this is an opportunity to get a front row seat to one of the best exchanges of dynamic ideas in Greenville. MINDS WILL BE MOVED! I felt every emotion I could feel while listening to the speakers practice their talks. The audience is going to feel those emotions too.”
Caroline Caldwell, curator for Kaleidoscope is equally excited about Meg’s role in this year’s conference. “I know she will bring a great deal of “funny” and “interesting” to the conference. She also has a really vibrant personality and, without really trying, demonstrates this infectious energy that makes you want to sit on the edge of your seat! She has invested tons of time getting to know our presenters and she has collaborated with me to ensure she best represents the Kaleidoscope theme! We are lucky to have her.”
Meg takes her volunteer role as emcee quite seriously, considering the work to be humbling and critical to the production. “… I’m the narrator that leads people through one amazing talk to another. When Caroline asked me to host, I was thrilled. When we put our thoughts and ideas into words and share them succinctly and excitedly with others, this is how real change starts. I get to be there for that!”
When asked about her favorite TED talk, Meg shared without hesitation, “Hands down, I get shivers every time I hear Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “We Should All be Feminists.” It’s time to take away the stereotypes associated with that word and rethink how we teach people to behave towards both genders even at an early age.”
On a less serious note, Meg has a favorite video, which highlights her artistic abilities in improv theatre, a cat video with a twist. Aren’t you curious?
For more information about Kaleidoscope speakers and performers, visit our 2016 presenter page, where extended bios are available. The April 8th event is sold out, but watch for details about our free live feed.