Luke Sheppard is a theatre director based in London and working internationally. His work covers a diverse range of projects from contemporary new writing to family shows, musical theatre productions to rediscoveries of established plays. He has overseen large scale new commissions from conception through to production and takes great pride in his close collaboration with other theatre makers to create fully integrated, ambitious work.
Luke received a first class honours degree in Drama: Theatre, TV and Film from the University of Bristol and subsequently won the inaugural Noël Coward Trainee Director Award at Salisbury Playhouse. A JMK Award finalist, he took part in the National Theatre Director’s Course and was invited to be participate in the Old Vic 24 Hour Plays and the TS Eliot UK/US Exchange.
His production of IN THE HEIGHTS won three Olivier Awards and was also nominated for Best New Musical. The show also won the Broadway World award for Best New Production of a Musical and received nine WhatsOnStage Award nominations, including Best Director. THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4 received nominations for the Evening Standard Award for Best New Musical and the UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People. Luke was also nominated for the Off West End Award for Best Director for CASA VALENTINA.
As Assistant / Associate Director, Luke trained alongside directors including Matthew Warchus, Jonathan Church, Timothy Sheader, Philip Wilson and Jonathan Miller.