In the Loop
Alumni News : Sep 3, 2015

Megan Wicks finds a home and success in New York City

By Abigail Friedman

Megan Wicks (BA General Theatre ‘15) and Nike share a common philosophy: “Just Do It,” says Wicks who this summer moved to New York to participate in the Stella Adler Summer Shakespeare Intensive and start her career.

“I looked at my inspirations, big names like Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep, and there is no clear-cut path. The only thing they all had in common is that they moved somewhere big and they just did it,” says Wicks, noting that there is a large Gator community in the city, proving that Gator Nation really is everywhere.

Since moving to New York, Wicks has booked two roles on “Investigation Discovery,” but says her current project is “auditioning, staying present and actively looking around and learning.” In October Wicks moves to Sacramento to work as an acting apprentice at the B Street Theatre.

Wicks, who as a UF student appeared in Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika and the Hippodrome’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, is grateful to the School of Theatre + Dance for the creative space and community that it provides.

“The lessons I learned at UF and in the School of Theatre + Dance shaped me and made me who I am,” says Wicks.

She is especially grateful for Florida Players and all of the opportunities the organization provided her, as well as Tim Altmeyer’s sage wisdom pushing her to “be bold.”

Wicks offers this advice to anyone looking to move to New York City: “Be here and be all in.”