One at Optimus Celebrates Pride Month with New LGBTQIA+ Director Megan Stowe Joining Its Team of Diverse Creatives

“Power in Pride” is the theme for Pride Month 2024. ONE at Optimus, in the spirit of women empowerment and advocacy for all, today announces that Megan Stowe, a respected LGBTQIA+ Commercial/TV/Film Director, has officially signed on as part of the directorial team. ONE, a leading production company, and Optimus, a post-production powerhouse based in Chicago, IL with offices in New York, welcomes Megan’s exceptional talent and vision.

“Megan is an empathetic, story-driven director with a talent for capturing people in an authentic way on screen. I love her passion for work that uplifts unique and underrepresented voices,” remarked ONE Executive Producer and Head of Production Dave Buehrle. “I’m thrilled to have her as part of the ONE team.”

Stowe’s impressive career spans a diverse range of genres, including LGBTQIA+ storytelling, documentary filmmaking, and commercial directing. Her unparalleled expertise has enabled her to craft impactful content that deeply resonates with audiences worldwide. With a keen focus on fostering intimate connections between viewers and on-screen characters, Megan consistently delivers compelling narratives that leave a lasting impression.

Having garnered numerous accolades throughout her career, including Gold Telly awards, shortlisting for a Clio Award in Film Craft (Direction), a People’s Voice Webby award and multiple Mid-America Emmys presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Stowe stands as a beacon of excellence in the entertainment industry. She was also honored as one of The Verywell Mind’s 25 Health Champions, alongside influential figures like Selena Gomez, Brené Brown, and Carson Daly. One of her most notable achievements was directing the award-winning short film “Learn with Love,” that focused on changing hearts and minds about the experiences of trans and nonbinary youth.

“As an LGBTQIA+ female Commercial/TV/Film Director, I aspire to craft stories that resonate deeply, enabling audiences to forge connections with characters, emotions, and ideas that touch the essence of being a human,” said Stowe. “Whether through a 30-second commercial, a 5-minute piece of branded content, or a feature film, I evoke empathy, provoke thought, and inspire change. I’m excited to bring my expertise in visual storytelling and authentic representation to ONE at Optimus, where I can continue to create meaningful, impactful content.”

Drawing inspiration from her own experiences as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, she actively explores narratives that address themes like identity, acceptance, and the shared humanity that connects us all. Her art touches the hearts and minds of viewers, fostering empathy and understanding while celebrating the diverse and interconnected nature of our human experience.

Leveraging her extensive background in directing documentary-style content and working closely with real individuals, she brings a profound understanding of the human experience to her work. This distinctive viewpoint seamlessly translates into her direction of actors, enabling her to guide them in delivering authentic and impactful performances.

Eager to collaborate with those who share her vision for meaningful storytelling, Stowe looks forward to sparking conversations, challenging perceptions, and encouraging social progress.

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