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Robin McKercher, Assistant Professor of TheatreRobin McKercher, M.A.
Assistant Professor of Theatre, Director of Theatre, Director and Scenic Designer

Expertise: Theatre direction in musicals and plays, scenic design, scenic artistry, multi-media presentation and artistic collaboration in multi-disciplines

Contact information: 402.826.8280 or robin.mckercher@doane.edu.

Robin McKercher, a native of Nebraska, started his 26-year theatrical career as an actor in six national tours with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. As a member of the United Scenic Artists in New York, he painted more than 35 Broadway productions and served as the charge artist on the Tony Award-winning design of The Secret Garden, Beauty and the Beast, The Red Shoes, Aspects of Love, Grand Hotel, Tommy and numerous other productions. His television and feature movie credits include The Late Show with David Letterman, Kate and Allie, To Wong Foo..., Brighton Beach Memoirs, Hannah and Her Sisters and Radio Days. He also painted for The American Ballet Theatre at Lincoln Center, Paul Taylor Dance Company and Dennis Cunningham Dance Company.

After earning his Master of Fine Arts in Directing from UNL, Robin directed original productions such as A Christmas Carol, Romantic Rhapsody and A Salute to Pearl Harbor at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. He served as associate artistic director of the Nebraska Rep directing Starting Here... Starting Now, My Nebraska and Pterodactyls. For the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, he garnered national and international attention for his innovative production of A Thousand Cranes, which has toured eight times from Alaska to Florida.

He served as artistic director for the Lincoln Playhouse from 1996 to 2003 winning eight Elsie awards in direction and design. Favorite shows he directed include West Side Story, Tommy, Children of Eden, Ragtime and The Civil War. Robin received the 2002 Lincoln Mayor's Arts Award: the Sam Davidson Award for excellence in theatre arts. While living in Lancaster, Pa., he designed My Way and directed Ragtime (winner of 2004 Footsie Awards for Best Director and Best Musical in Pennsylvania) and Seussical for that city's Fulton Opera House. Additionally, he designed Gypsy, George M!, Show Boat, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 42nd Street, & The Sound of Music (nominated for the 2005 Zoni award in Scenic Design) for the Broadway Palm West Dinner Theater/ Dutch Apple Dinner Theater.

During his first year at Doane, his striking production of Phedre was awarded a prestigious final showing at the 2006 Region V American College Theatre Festival. In July of 2006 he directed the world premiere of Local Wonders, a musical adaptation of poetry and Midwestern reflections by U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Ted Kooser, at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre. Currently he is "workshoping" a new musical work based on the Jules Vern novel, Around the World in 80 Days, with book by Helen Hayes award-winning playwright Barry Kornhauser. This production will premiere in March 2007 at the Fulton.