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Megan is the president and co-owner of Pyewackitt Productions, an independent documentary television production company with a commitment to create entertaining, high-quality, programs with a unique perspective. Her career encompasses documentary, television, film, theater, magazine-writing and editing, blogging, and radio.

She grew up in Toronto, Ontario and graduated from Queen's University with a degree in Theatre and English. After attending the National Theatre School of Canada, Megan moved into the realm of comedy, working with the Second City Touring Company. In addition to doing commercials, television parts, radio plays, voice work, and small film roles, Megan co-wrote, co-produced, and co-starred in "Mad in Canada," a comedy revue, which ran for over a year in Toronto and Montreal. She then co-wrote and co-starred in the popular national radio show "The Norm" which aired nationally on CBC radio for 50 episodes over two seasons.

Intrigued by moving behind the camera, Megan left her career as an actress and attended the Canadian Film Centre as a Producer Resident. She produced 24 documentary profiles featuring celebrated Canadians. After meeting her future husband at Hot Docs in Toronto, Megan relocated to Fairfield County in Connecticut.

For the Women's Entertainment Network, (WEtv) Megan executive produced and directed "Surrogate Stories," a two-hour documentary special about surrogate mothers and their intended parents. Previous documentary projects for WEtv include "Child Brides" (Producer/Director/Writer) and "Polygamy" (Producer/Writer), both for the anthology series, "Secret Lives of Women."

Next, she produced, directed, and co-wrote the critically acclaimed documentary "Trial By Fire: Lives Re-Forged," dubbed, "a must-see" by Real Screen, "emotionally potent" by the Los Angeles Times, and "a truly important film" by PBS International. The film aired nationally on PBS and around the world. Megan's current film, "The Buddy System," is a non-profit, award-winning documentary about the relationship between a young boy on the autism spectrum, and his specially trained autism assistance dog, Buddy.

In addition to her work as a filmmaker Megan is also a speaker, frequent panelist, film festival judge, and an award-winning writer and playwright. She has won six Connecticut Press Club Awards as well as a first and second place awards from the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). Her play, "A Whole New World," won first place in the Bijou Theatre One-Act Play competition which was judged by renowned playwright Terrence McNally. The Play Date, a monologue that deals with the theme of gun ownership and responsibility, has been performed at the Theatre Artists' Workshop in Norwalk, CT and Play With Your Food" in both Greenwich CT and Weston, CT.

Megan is also the editor of Wilton Magazine, a high-end lifestyle publication that is part of the TownVibe Media Group. For the past eight years, she has served as the programmer and moderator for the New Perspectives Documentary Film Series in Wilton, CT where she lives with her husband and business partner, Bill Harris, their son, Jack, and dog Duncan, a Lab/Terrier mix.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Megan Smith-Harris

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