Robin McKercher (Professor/Director/Scenic Designer), a native of Nebraska, started his theatrical career as an actor in six different national tours with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. Moving to New York City, Robin was a member of the United Scenic Artists Local 829 where he painted backdrops for more than 35 Broadway productions and served as the charge artist on the Tony Award-winning design of “The Secret Garden” (Heidi Landesman, designer), “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Red Shoes”, “Aspects of Love”, “Grand Hotel” and “Tommy” to name just a few. Numerous 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 the original productions of “A Christmas Carol”, “Romantic Rhapsody” and “A Salute to Pearl Harbor” at the Lied Center. He served as associate artistic director of the Nebraska Repertory Theatre directing “Starting Here... Starting Now”, “My Nebraska” and “Pterodactyls.” For the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Robin 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. Favorite shows he directed include “West Side Story”, “Tommy”, “Children of Eden”, “Ragtime” and “The Civil War.” In 2002 Robin received the Sam Davidson Award for excellence in theatre arts at the Lincoln Mayor’s Arts Awards.
Moving back to the East Coast in 2003, he designed “My Way” and directed “Ragtime” (2004 Footsie Award for Best Director & Best Musical in Pennsylvania), “Seussical”, and “Love Letters” for the Fulton Theatre, an Equity LORT C theatre in Lancaster, PA. Additionally, he designed “Gypsy”, “George M!”, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, “Show Boat”, and “The Sound of Music” (Arizona's 2005 Zoni Award nomination) for the Broadway Palm West Dinner Theater/ Dutch Apple Dinner Theater. He directed/designed “Forever Plaid” & “Shear Madness” for the Temple Theatre and directed “Beauty and the Beast” for the Playhouse in Des Moines. Robin directed “Local Wonders” based on works of National Poet Laureate Ted Kooser for the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, the world musical premiere of “Around the World in 80 Days” for the Fulton, "Civil War Voices" in Alabama, and "Les Misérables" in Massachusetts. Last year he directed "Glorious!" once again for the Fulton and a third revival of "Civil War Voices" for the National Lincoln Bicentennial Birthday Celebration. This past summer Robin headed the production team for “The Secret Garden” and “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” in Lenox, MA. To
date Robin has worked as a director/designer/actor/scenic artist on well over 455 professional productions. Professor McKercher teaches Acting, Directing, and Theatre History plus directs the majority of the mainstage season.