Meghan Shea

Founder & Director
Persistent Productions

Meghan Shea is a director & producer of documentary films. She focuses her lens on the work of individuals and organizations that are creating positive social impact in the world.  Meghan is a co-founder of Persistent Productions, which has offices in Boston and in Singapore. She draws from a background in the arts to create films that examine issues from multiple viewpoints and global perspectives. Her work focuses on both national and international social issues and she produces content for broadcast, streaming, and educational distribution.

Meghan’s documentary portfolio includes: “Under the Turban,” a film that examines the Sikh religion and premiered at The United Nations Film Festival; “In the Spirit of Laxmi,” a film about the rewilding of a leopard in Rajasthan, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, went on to win Best Short Documentary at The Gold Coast Film Festival, and screen at numerous festivals around the world. Her most recent work, “How I Live”, looks at the survival gap in global childhood cancer screened at The United Nations General Assembly and went on to win Best Director at The Chambal International Film Festival and Best Feature at the United Kingdom’s Fisheye Film Festival. Most recently the film has been used in collaboration with PAHO, The Pan American Health Organization for their workshop to advance the Global Initiative on Childhood Cancer. Her social impact filmmaking has been recognized by the Social Media Impact Awards and the CUGH Pulitzer CUGH-Pulitzer Global Health Video Awards.

In her client-driven work Meghan creates compelling, research-based, visually driven stories. Meghan’s client work includes The BBC, Sony Music, USAID, Out Leadership, Dana Farber/ Boston Children’s Hospital, Aman Resorts and Nikon, among others.

Meghan graduated with a Master’s in Fine Arts from The George Washington University during which time she was the graduate teaching assistant for the International Arts and Culture Cohort of The ESJ Women’s Leadership Program and was recognized in 2020 with the ESL Women’s Leadership Award.

Meghan Shea is a filmmaker with a focus in healthcare, social issues and the arts. She produces and directs films that leverage the power of storytelling to create social change. As  the founder of Persistent Productions, she oversees their documentary projects and social impact campaigns working with partner institutions, socially minded businesses, and artists to  create meaningful and impactful stories.   

Her portfolio includes; “Under the Turban”, a documentary about Sikhism which premiered at the United Nations Film Festival, “In the Spirit of Laxmi”, a flm about wildlife preservation which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Her most recent work, “How I Live”, is a collaboration with The Global Health Initiative at Dana Faber / Boston Children’s Hospital. The film looks at the survival gap in global childhood cancer, it screened at The United Nations General Assembly and went on to win Best Director at The Chambal International Film Festival and Best Feature at the Fisheye Film Festival.

Meghan has a BA and MFA from The George Washington University. While pursing her Master’s degree she was the graduate fellow for the International Arts and Culture Cohort of The ESJ Women’s Leadership Program, and in 2020 she was awarded the EJS Leadership Award.