Mehler is currently the Director of Production for NYCB and has been stage managing for more than 25 years. Mehler supervises scenery, lighting, and all other production elements of the NYCB repertoire at home and on tour.
When asked about her background, Mehler shared, “I ended up going to college for stage management at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. They had a wonderful theater program—they still do. It is in the cornfields in the middle of a very large university, but they have a very nice Performing Arts Center with many different theaters, and they have a great team. A lot of really great people came out of that program that I still keep in touch with to this day.”
The interview takes a deep dive into the NYCB’s annual run of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and what it takes to make this annual tradition possible.