Stephen Mitchell Eckert


Theatre Director



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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 interest 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.




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.



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

By Nicky Silver


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

By Peter Shaffer



The Actor's Nightmare / Titanic
By Christopher Durang



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Curriculum Vitae

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