As a native of Nebraska, Robin McKercher started his 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 Awardwinning design of The Secret Garden, 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 Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Hannah and Her Sisters and Radio Days.
After earning his M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, McKercher directed original productions such as 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 and the Lincoln Community Playhouse. McKercher directed Irma Vep, Phedre (selected to present at the 2006 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region V Festival), The Grandma Show, No Way to Treat a Lady, Woyzeck and The Pillowman at Doane College. Last summer, he directed the world premiere of Local Wonders, a musical adaptation of poetry and Nebraska reflections by U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Ted Kooser for the Nebraska Repertory Theatre. He teaches acting, directing and theatre history and directs the majority of the main stage season.