Megan Lyon

Megan Lyon

Spark Festival Director

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What do you enjoy about teaching/your job?

I am the Festival Director of Spark International Festival of Music, Media, Arts & Design. The project-based nature of working on Spark Festival and the innovations that happen every year keep me coming back!  I love the buzz of the festival week bringing together all these creative minds and stories. Then having people make real connections in all sorts of ways on an ongoing basis. 

What do you love about your area?

Spark Festival encompasses media arts multi-disciplinary programme, which is reflected in how the festival is put together and delivered. Spark Festival has a history of almost 20 years but shows no sign of waning as audience numbers and engagement continue to increase. I enjoy working with a wide variety of people: speakers, staff, students and partners all of whom keep the festival vibrant and engaging.

Tell us about your experience in the industry

I have been the business development manager at Hamilton Theatres and an associate director of a dealer gallery in Auckland. I hold an MA and a PG Dip in Management. I started at Wintec in December 2013.  My interests have always been about the intersection of arts, business and education. 

What keeps you busy outside of Media Arts?

I love to travel when I can and enjoy getting to exhibitions and galleries. I do a bit of freelance writing in arts and design. Having adventures with my two small boys keeps me pretty busy outside of work.