20 Questions With...Nancy MecklerDate: 26 March 2001
Nancy Meckler, joint artistic director of Shared Experience, brings her acclaimed production of Mill on the Floss back to London next week. Whatsonstage.com editor Terri Paddock quizzes her on aesthetics & the future.
Nancy Meckler is joint artistic director, with Polly Teale, of Shared Experience, a touring production company renowned for both its adaptations of literary classics and its knack of giving physical form to characters' inner lives. Since joining Shared Experience in 1987, Meckler's many award-winning productions have included Mother Courage and Her Children, Anna Karenina, War and Peace, True West, Heartbreak House and The Bacchae.
In 1999, Meckler also directed Olympia Dukakis, making her UK debut, in Martin Sherman's Rose at the National Theatre. The play subsequently transferred to Broadway. Prior to her time at Shared Experience, Meckler was an associate director of the Hampstead Theatre and the Leicester Haymarket and was a founder member of the Freehold Theatre.
Shared Experience's Mill on the Floss, adapted from George Eliot's novel, was last seen in 1995. The production, which is co-directed by Teale, opens next week at the West End's New Ambassadors Theatre following a UK regional tour and prior to international engagements in Washington DC and China.
Place of birth
Next of kin
First big break
Favourite actor/actress you've worked with
If you were an actor/actress, what role would you most like to play?
What play would you most like to direct?
What's the best thing currently on stage?
What advice would you give to government to secure the future of British theatre?
If you could swap places with one person, living or dead, who would it be?
Favourite holiday destination
Why did you want to adapt Mill on the Floss?
What's your favourite line from Mill on the Floss?
What was the most notable thing that happened during rehearsals for Mill on the Floss?
What do you think differentiates Shared Experience from other production companies?
What's the key to your working relationship with Polly Teale?