MEAGAN ADELE LOPEZ is a Cuban-American born in Florida, raised in Baltimore, educated in Los Angeles, and who has worked in Chicago, London, Bristol and now, Paris where she resides. Having moved twelve times before she was twelve years old and living between the worlds of Cuban and American, artist and business person, she is interested in creating stories around outsiders, chameleons, shape-shifters, rebels and revolutionaries. She attended University of Southern California as a National Hispanic Scholar and Dean's Scholar, and La Sorbonne in Paris for Theatre & French, with a minor in business. She is an omni-channel creative who finds the story or character first, then matches the best outlet to tell that story. She writes novels and screenplays, performs, directs and produces plays and films. She has a diverse background from entrepreneur to leading the New York Times global digital advertising teams internationally to her current career as a filmmaker and novelist.
Her directorial debut for her short, dark comedy film on the subject of female rage, Raging Cult, has landed her six awards in film festivals, including Best First Time Director, Best Dark Comedy, Best Comedy and Best Female-Driven Film. Her most recent projects include executive producing a music video for electric pop artist CLARA-NOVA and directing a series of short plays in Paris; and she is in production for her first feature film, A Baltimore Dream about hopes, dreams and what happens to them; and in development for a gritty, female-driven dark comedy TV Series based in Paris, Ready to Connect.
She is a staunch feminist; one of the faces of Google’s #IamRemarkable program (a program that strives to empower women and underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments). She founded and chaired the New York Times’ international Women’s Network. She also has mentored young women at the American Chamber of Commerce in France and students at her alma mater high school, Baltimore School for the Arts. She is currently Vice Chair for Democrats Abroad in Paris, and ambassador for Baltimore Homecoming.
Always a storyteller at heart, she made the leap in 2019 to founding her company, Lady Who Productions, Inc which focuses on diverse female voices and stories that aim to change the world. It is an internationally based production company in Paris, France and Baltimore, Maryland USA.
Now Meagan has finished writing her debut young adult feminist fantasy novel, The Hailene. Seventeen-year-old Iylah Nela Vaati was born from the fire, like all Thornraven. She had a singular destiny - to join Versera Academy, restore order to humanity and clear the planet of negativity - simple, right? She never questioned being locked away because it was for the greater good, they told her. But when Iylah's royal pain-in-the-ass step-sister Caroline seizes power of Mondacien and puts a mirror up to Iylah's face for the first time since she was a child, Iylah sees that her eyes are Lorelei emerald, not Thornraven brown. If Iylah isn't a brute Thornraven, which of the Triune is she - an empathic Lorelei or could she be a genius Intellect? How could she be expected to kill on the frontlines if she could feel her victim's pain? And would Versera even accept her if she weren't what she thought she was?
Iylah must quickly learn to navigate the magical and dangerous world of Versera, integrate into the dynamic and all-mighty Triune Army; make new friends with the quirky, hypnotic Lorelei; uncover the secret of the Quadrinity (she finds out the Triune are missing a fourth member); overthrow the Dean before he murders the Benuavem, devastates the world, and all its resources. But most importantly, she must learn to listen to the Great Voice, uncover the secrets of her Hailene ancestors that came before her and trust herself. "LEAD WITH THE POWER OF FOUR NEVER SEEN BEFORE."
Watch her TEDx Talk. Is the Hero's Journey Freeing Us or Keeping Us Captive – "I created a new kind of human called The Hailene who are too complex, too mixed, too daunting – were killed off for hundreds of years until Iylah came around and learned how to integrate all parts of herself, to lead the world to a new vision of itself. We can be angry at the world, but we can´t let that stop us from seeing the gifts it gives us. Stories help us not just see our past but also help us to prophesize and imagine our futures. To create a new world we don´t yet need to change the transformational structures of our ancestors. We need different people with different beliefs, different stories, different mentors, different allies, different struggles to come forward, to become their type of hero."