Nancy Meckler

Nancy Meckler Portrait


Nancy Meckler is a freelance theatre and film director. After 22 years at the helm of Shared Experience Theatre, she has resumed her freelance career. 

Recent credits include: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Los Angeles Philharmonic); KING LEAR (Shakespeare’s Globe); GROOMED (Brighton Festival & Soho Theatre); HALF LIFE and PLAY STRINDBERG (Ustinov); A PARTICLE OF DREAD: Oedipus Variations by Sam Shepard (Derry Playhouse and Signature Theatre NYC). For English National Ballet Nancy was dramaturg on BROKEN WINGS. 

Her work for Shared Experience included the prize winning ANNA KARENINA, HEARTBREAK HOUSE, TRUE WEST, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE BACCHAE, ORESTES, A PASSAGE TO INDIA, MOTHER COURAGE, CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE, BRONTE and with co-director Polly Teale, WAR AND PEACE and MILL ON THE FLOSS (UK and World tour, Kennedy Center Washington D.C.)

As Associate Director of Hampstead Theatre she directed UNCLE VANYA and BURIED CHILD as well as SUFFICIENT CARBOHYDRATE and DUSA FISH STAS AND VI, both transferring to London's West End. While Associate Director for Leicester Haymarket her work included THE CHERRY ORCHARD, MACBETH, TWELFTH NIGHT, BAAL, THE HYPOCHONDRIAC, MEDEA, ELECTRA, and ORESTES.

Invited by Sam Shepard to direct premieres of three of his plays, she has also directed new plays for the Bush, Royal Court and Almeida (Antony Sher's ID).

Nancy was the first woman to direct at the Royal National Theatre with WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, where she also directed ABINGDON SQUARE and ROSE, with Olympia Dukakis (Broadway transfer). 


Her production of ONASSIS with Robert Lindsay played at the Chichester Festival Theatre and in London's West End.

Film work includes two feature films, SISTER MY SISTER with Julie Walters, and Martin Sherman's film ALIVE AND KICKING (Dorothy Tutin, Bill Nighy, Antony Sher) which won the Audience Award at the London Film Festival and Most Popular Feature at Hamptons International Film Festival. 

For Scottish Ballet Nancy created STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, nominated for an Olivier and awarded a South Bank Sky Arts Award in 2013 (Scottish tour and three tours to the US).

17 August 2017

Nancy Meckler directs KING LEAR

Nancy Meckler directs KING LEAR

KING LEAR by William Shakespeare is directed by Nancy Meckler, and stars Kevin R McNally as Lear. It marks the final Shakespeare of Emma Rice’s final Summer season at the Globe.

The Telegraph  

"An underlying through-line of intelligence and sensitivity"

"the production itself is in blessedly safe hands"



“Meckler is as wise as she is visionary”

“Vigorous and precise direction. The result is an unlocking of every last nuance of Shakespeare's text – the sublime imagery of universal loss, the pity of madness, and the play's comic potential.”


The Guardian

“Nancy Meckler’s production is sober, chaste and decently spoken”


Evening Standard

“makes confident use of the Globe’s ample space”

“defined by emphatic drumming, rowdy humour and a politically charged concern with homelessness.”

The Stage

“very decent King Lear, clear and precise, with nothing in excess”

21 April 2016

Nancy Meckler is Dramaturg on BROKEN WINGS at Sadlers Wells

Nancy Meckler is Dramaturg on BROKEN WINGS at Sadlers Wells

Meckler is reunited with choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa as part of English National Ballet’s SHE SAID – a triple bill of new dance pieces created by world-class female choreographers.  

The Independent ★★★★

“A marvellous image of creativity and power”

“it’s Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings that makes the programme a success.” 

“sidesteps biographical clichés.”

Evening Standard ★★★★

“shows us women can make work that’s as accomplished, intriguing and imperfect as any man’s.” 

“playful, teasing, witty and warm, refreshingly different from the usual clichéd passion.”

Daily Express ★★★★★ 

“taken dance drama to truly dizzying heights”

City A.M. ★★★★★ 

“distinctive, powerful pieces”

“stunning aesthetics and engrossing scores” 

“tactile choreography is perfect”

The Telegraph 

“a beautiful and poignant spectacle”

“really rather special”

“heartfelt testament to both a major painter and tortured soul and the emancipatory power of art” 

The Guardian


A Younger Theatre

“Anabelle Lopex Ochoa’s Broken Wings kick-starts the evening’s proceedings with an array of colour and a display of surreal imagination.”

“magnificent display of female creativity, which clearly showcases the power, artistic value and necessity of female choreography.”