About

Photo: Michael Wharley

Photo: Michael Wharley

Luke Sheppard is a director whose work has played across UK and international territories. His work covers a diverse range of projects from new musical theatre productions to rediscovered established plays, contemporary new writing to family shows. He has overseen the dramaturgy of 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. 

He 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. 

His production of IN THE HEIGHTS won three Olivier Awards and a nomination 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. His production of SPRING AWAKENING was awarded the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Regional Production. THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4 received a nomination for the Evening Standard Award for Best New Musical, and along with BILLIONAIRE BOY was nominated for 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.

Currently Luke is working on & JULIET, a new musical created with legendary songwriter/producer Max Martin and playwright David West Read that will open at the Opera House Theatre in Manchester before moving to the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End from November 2020.

He previously worked as Associate Director on several major productions including MATILDA at the RSC, in London and on Broadway.

For a list of current and past credits please click here