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.
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.
Music and Lyrics by Alex Petti
Book and Lyrics by Annie Pulsipher
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.
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 Trouble with Dead Boyfriends
By Annie Pulsipher & Alex Petti
Music by Soosan Lolavar
Libretto by Daniel Hirsch
By Christopher Marlowe
Adapted by Stephen M. Eckert & Keaton Shapiro
By Annie Baker
Close to Nature
By Joe Necessary
We Will Not Describe the Conversation
By Eugenie Carabatsos
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
By Peter Shaffer
The Actor's Nightmare / Titanic
By Christopher Durang