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

 

What We Are

By Oliver Lehne

Summerfest 2018

Three 30 year olds who’ve been friends since college meet for a weekend in New York City. Their lives have been inextricably bound up in each other for over a decade, and although they all love each other deeply, the excessive closeness is beginning to take its toll.

Sept. 24, 2018 @ 9pm
Sept. 26, 2018 @ 9pm  
Sept. 29, 2018 @ 3:30pm

Drac

Untitled Dracula Project

Adapted by Stephen M. Eckert

In Process

An exploration of consumption, sexuality, generational warfare, and the horror of humanity's desire to live forever utilizing movement, puppetry, media, and performance.

***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.

Workshop Gallery

 

Directing Work

 
 

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
By Bertolt Brecht
Adapted by Stephen M. Eckert
From the Translation by Jennifer Wise

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
 

Pterodactyls
By Nicky Silver
 

 

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

EQUUS
By Peter Shaffer

 

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The Actor's Nightmare / Titanic
By Christopher Durang

 

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Résumé

SME Resume 7-31-2018

Curriculum Vitae

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