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IndoctriNation

200 EpisodesProduced by Rachel BernsteinWebsite

Welcome to IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control.

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An Abusive Act w/ Megan, Chicago theater co. - S4E6pt1

CW: Domestic and sexual violence

Megan spent ten years in Chicago's off-Loop DIY theatre scene as an actor, playwright, costume designer and choreographer. Rachel and Megan speak candidly about the lack of safeguards in the entertainment industry while walking through how she was pitted against other actresses by an invasive director.

Jeremy, the director, urged his actors to form a deep kinship with the characters he wrote for the troop's performances. Many of these profound characters struggled with abuse, and were written based on the traumas of the company members themselves. Megan found herself constantly pitted against other actresses to compete for the role of "both the girlfriend and the star".

Stay tuned, Before You Go: Rachel provides examples of ways manipulators get you to disclose private information so they can use it against you later.

Today Megan performs as a dancer and student of circus and aerial arts. She is a fierce advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, particularly those in the LGBTQ community and the performing arts.

Read about Megan's performances here:
"thoroughly captivating and heartbreakingly sincere," - Hollywood Fringe
https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/2148?review_id=11269&tab=reviews

"flawless," - Chicago Reader
https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/anna-in-the-darkness/Event?oid=7822992

"a quietly powerful tour de force” - New City Stage
https://www.newcitystage.com/2012/10/19/review-anna-in-the-darknessdream-theatre-company/

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