Stephen Mitchell Eckert


Stephen
Mitchell
Eckert

Theatre Director

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About

 
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Stephen M. Eckert is a NYC based theatrical director. He develops new work with collaborators representing diverse perspectives of race, religion, class, geography, nationality, sexuality, and gender identity; as well as critical engagement with canonical text. Critique is central to both his identity as queer and his interested in creating relevant, unabashedly political work that deconstructs and dismantles entrenched and often invisible white supremacist, patriarchal, and heteronormative artistic and cultural assumptions though the uniquely collaborative nature of performance.

He was a founder and Artistic Director of the award-winning Promethean Theatre Company in New Orleans from 2012-2017. He has directed over 10 productions within the company including the regional premier of Annie Baker’s The Flick. Eckert has twice been nominated at New Orleans’ Big Easy Entertainment Awards for Best Director of a Drama for his work on The Flick and Equus, and since 2012 his productions have received a total of 13 nominations and 5 wins. Eckert has directed several premier productions of new work including the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival award-winning production of We Will Not Describe the ConversationThe Trouble with Dead Boyfriends, winner of the Premier Premieres Festival of musical comedy in Chicago, and ID, Please at London’s TÊTE À TÊTE new opera festival.

 
 

Upcoming

 

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

By Bertolt Brecht
Adapted and Directed by Stephen M. Eckert
From the Translation by Jennifer Wise

Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama

April 25 - 28


A two-performer adaptation of Brecht's anti-fascist parable utilizing live camera, puppetry, cabaret performance, toy theatre, clown, and mask.

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The Trouble with Dead Boyfriends

Music and Lyrics by Alex Petti
Book and Lyrics by Annie Pulsipher


SheNYC Festival

July5-15 (Exact Performance Dates TBA)

A gory feminist musical comedy aimed at the sexy, monster-loving teen we all keep buried in our hearts and middle school journals. 

Show Info/Gallery

Festival Info

***NOT CLICKBAIT***

Conceived with Izzi D'Esposito

In Process

An original  performance piece exploring questions of trauma, performance, and social media through text, media, and live performance; referencing tools and aesthetic trappings of Youtube makeup vlogging and alien abduction confessions.

Workshopped at the CMU Studio 201 in Summer of 2017 with media designer, Adam J. Thompson and performer, Kennedy McMann.

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Directing Work

 

The Trouble with Dead Boyfriends
By Annie Pulsipher & Alex Petti

ID, Please
Music by Soosan Lolavar
Libretto by Daniel Hirsch

Edward II
By Christopher Marlowe
Adapted by Stephen M. Eckert & Keaton Shapiro

The Flick
By Annie Baker

Close to Nature
By Joe Necessary

We Will Not Describe the Conversation
By Eugenie Carabatsos

Pterodactyls
By Nicky Silver

Marry Me, a Little
By Stephen Sondheim
Conceived and Developed by Craig Lucas & Norman Rene

Long Day's Journey into Night
By Eugene O'Neill

EQUUS
By Peter Shaffer

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The Actor's Nightmare / Titanic
By Christopher Durang

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Résumé

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