Nancy Meckler

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Nancy Meckler
Born
United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationTheater director, film director

Nancy Meckler is an American theatre and film director, known for her work in the United Kingdom with Shared Experience, where she was a joint artistic director alongside Polly Teale.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Nancy Meckler was born and educated in the US, where she obtained a Masters Degree in Performance Theory and Criticism from NYU. She moved to London in 1968 where she became a founder member of Freehold Theatre Company (1968–72) which toured the UK with Antigone in a version by Peter Hulton and the company. In 1970, Antigone was sent by the British Council to represent the UK at BITEF and the Venice Biennale.

Freehold Theatre Company won the John Whiting Award for New Writing in 1970.

Meckler was the first woman to direct at the Royal National Theatre,[3] with Edward Albee's Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1981.[4]

She was the Artistic Director of Shared Experience Theatre from 1988 to 2011. Meckler has directed 5 plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as King Lear at Shakespeare’s Globe.[5]

Directing Credits[edit]

As a Freelance Director 1972 - 2000[edit]

As Artistic Director of Shared Experience Theatre 1988-2011[edit]

As a Freelance Director 2011 - Present[edit]

With the Royal Shakespeare Company[edit]

  • House of Desires
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • All's Well that Ends Well
  • The Heresy of Love by Helen Edmundson
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Other[edit]
  • King Lear - Shakespeare’s Globe 2017.

Film[edit]

Meckler directed the films Sister My Sister (1994)[18] and Indian Summer (aka Alive & Kicking) (1996).[19]

Ballet[edit]

Meckler was the director and creator of A Streetcar Named Desire for Scottish Ballet.

Awards[edit]

  • The Mill on the Floss
    • Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Visiting Production, 2001 (Kennedy Centre)
  • Anna Karenina
    • Best Touring Show TMA/Martini, 1993
    • Outstanding Theatrical Event, Time Out awards, 1992
    • Best Foreign Theatre Company, Diario Clarin Buenos Aires, 1992
  • Sister My Sister
    • Best Feature, Turin Film Festival, 1995
    •  Public Prize; Best New Director; Youth Prize : Valladolid Film Festival, 1994
  • Alive and Kicking
    • Opening Film, Locarno Film Festival, 1996
    • Most Popular Film, Hamptons Film Festival, 1996
    • Audience Award Best Film, London Film Festival, 1997
    • Grand Prix, Luchon Film Festival, 1999
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
    • Best Dance Production, Southbank Awards, 2012
    •  Best Dance Production Nominee, Olivier Awards, 2012

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shared Experience". Shared Experience Company. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
  2. ^ "Meckler, Nancy". Contemporary British-Jewish Theatre. 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  3. ^ "The English unbuttoned". The Independent. 2011-10-10. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  4. ^ "CalmView: Overview". catalogue.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  5. ^ "King Lear review – poverty-stricken Shakespeare puts spotlight on homeless". the Guardian. 2017-08-17. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  6. ^ "Production of Uncle Vanya | Theatricalia". theatricalia.com. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  7. ^ "Production of Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi | Theatricalia". theatricalia.com. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  8. ^ "Production of Sufficient Carbohydrate | Theatricalia". theatricalia.com. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  9. ^ "Nick Hern Books | My Heart's a Suitcase & Low Level Panic : By Clare McIntyre". Nick Hern Books. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  10. ^ Theater, Lincoln Center. "Rose". Lincoln Center Theater. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  11. ^ "Production of The Bacchae | Theatricalia". theatricalia.com. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  12. ^ "Production of Abingdon Square | Theatricalia". theatricalia.com. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  13. ^ "Production of The Birthday Party | Theatricalia". theatricalia.com. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  14. ^ "Production of Anna Karenina | Theatricalia". theatricalia.com. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  15. ^ "Theatre review: Mill on the Floss". the Guardian. 2001-04-05. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  16. ^ "Shared Experience | Productions | War and Peace". www.sharedexperience.org.uk. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  17. ^ "Theatre review: A Passage to India at Shared Experience at Nottingham Playhouse and Touring". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  18. ^ Darren, Alison (2000). Lesbian Film Guide. Cassell. pp. 198-199. ISBN 030433376X.
  19. ^ Staff (September 9, 1996). "Indian Summer". Variety. Retrieved 19 August 2019.

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