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 Conversation, The 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.
Conceived with Izzi D'Esposito
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.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
By Bertolt Brecht
Adapted by Stephen M. Eckert
From the Translation by Jennifer Wise