Meridith is working with the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education to plan and implement a new Methods Training Program for researchers, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. In her other life, she is a playwright and screenwriter. She received her BA from Connecticut College, and her MFA in Writing for the Stage & Screen from Northwestern University. Her plays have been developed and performed at The Kennedy Center, Curious Theatre Company, the NNPN National New Play Showcase, New Repertory Theatre, The Lark, The Greenhouse Theatre Center, Actor’s Express, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Stage Left, Samuel French OOB Play Festival, and New Mexico State University/The American Southwest Theatre Company. She was the NNPN Playwright-in-Residence at Curious Theatre Company for their 2010-2011 season, a 2012-2013 Dramatist Guild Fellow, and the recipient of a 2013-2014 Downstage Left Playwriting Residency at Stage Left Theatre. She was recently awarded the 2014 NNPN Annual Commission to write and develop a new play with Curious Theatre Company. She has taught playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University, Kenyon College, Curious Theatre Company, and Interlochen Center for the Arts.