NANCY MECKLER is an American freelance director working in theatre, film and ballet.
During her 22 years at the helm of Shared Experience Theatre, a UK touring company, her work included the prize-winning Anna Karenina (UK and World tour), Heartbreak House, True West, The Birthday Party, The Bacchae, Orestes, Mother Courage, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bronte, and, with co-director Polly Teale, War and Peace and Mill On The Floss (UK and World tour; Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Visiting Production, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.).
As Associate Director of London’s Hampstead Theatre she directed Uncle Vanya and Buried Child as well as Sufficient Carbohydrate and Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi, both transferring to London’s West End. As Associate Director for Leicester Haymarket, her work includes The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Baal, The Hypochondriac, Medea, Electra, and Orestes. She has directed seven plays by Sam Shepard including four world premieres: Action, The Curse of the Starving Class, Killer’s Head, Buried Child, Icarus’ Mother, True West, and A Particle of Dread.
Nancy was the first woman to direct at the Royal National Theatre (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), where she also directed Abingdon Square and Rose, with Olympia Dukakis (Broadway transfer).
For the Royal Shakespeare Company: All’s Well That Ends Well, Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, House of Desires, and The Heresy of Love.
For Shakespeare’s Globe in London: King Lear with Kevin R McNally.
Film work includes Sister My Sister with Julie Walters (Best Feature at Turin Film Festival; Best New Director, Valladolid Film Festival), Martin Sherman’s Alive and Kicking with Dorothy Tutin, Bill Nighy, and Antony Sher (Audience Prize at the London Film Festival and Grand Prix at Luchon Festival).
For Scottish Ballet, Nancy created Streetcar Named Desire with choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, recently seen at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, nominated for an Olivier Award and winning Outstanding Dance Production at the Southbank Awards 2012.