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. 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, BRONTEand 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 andBURIED 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, 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, (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) where she also directed ABINGDON SQUARE and ROSE, with Olympia Dukakis (Broadway transfer).
For the Royal Shakespeare Company Nancy has directed ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, COMEDY OF ERRORS, ROMEO AND JULIET, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, HOUSE OF DESIRES and THE HERESY OF LOVE.
Her production of ONASSIS with Robert Lindsay played at Chichester 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).
Recent credits include: PLAY STRINDBERG (Ustinov) and 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.