Lekan Lawal

Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive

Lekan Lawal is an award-winning director, and theatre maker. He’s currently Resident Director on Hamilton and an Associate Artist at Hackney Showroom. Prior to joining Eclipse, Lekan worked as Creative Associate Director at HOME Manchester, Co-Artistic Director (Up Next) at Battersea Arts Centre, Derby Theatre (Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme) Old Vic (Old Vic 12), and the Young Vic.

Recent directing includes: Wild East (Young Vic), The Fear (Mountview/The Bunker), Assembly (Company Three), Superblackman (Battersea Arts Centre), Voices in the Dark (The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Betrayal (Derby Theatre),  Hybrasil (Old Vic), Sucker Punch (LAMDA), Stories To Tell In The Middle Of The Night (Summerhall) and Last Journey (Pentabus/ Latitude).  

Awards include Best Director at the inaugural Stage Debut Awards in 2017, and the Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic in 2019.“Eclipse has an astonishing reputation, reach and impact on the sector. I’m grateful to the Board for giving me the opportunity to build on the important work of my predecessors. The company was built on the recognition of a need to represent, honour and elevate the stories of artists and communities that are often marginalised, a responsibility that, in the current climate, feels more vital than ever. I look forward to deepening our relationship with our new home in Leeds, empowering freelancers, engaging with innovative partners and collaborating with communities in the region, across the country and internationally." Lekan on joining Eclipse as Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive in January 2022. To read the full announcement, click here.