Flying Penguin Productions is a South Australian based Theatre Company dedicated to producing unforgettable theatre experiences that provoke and amaze, and are always underpinned by acting of the highest order.
Formed by Artistic Director David Mealor in 2005, the company was principally created to forge new opportunities for the leading actors of South Australia - seeing their ongoing development as crucial to the future of the State’s theatre industry.
Flying Penguin’s programming is broad based and driven by the desire to find and create projects that offer exceptional development opportunities for the creative teams with which it works. The company has an ongoing commitment to providing not only full productions, but also work – shops, master classes and creative developments that are specifically aimed at extending and enriching artists' theatre practice and skill base - for, in particular, South Australian actors.
Flying Penguin seeks to develop an artistic methodology and creative process that is concerned with the ongoing investigation of the craft and art form of acting, and the role it can play in the reinvigoration of contemporary Australian theatre practice.
David is a multi-award winning and critically acclaimed theatre director, producer and teacher.
He is an Honours Graduate of Flinders University Drama Centre and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide. He was a founding member of Brink Productions, a member of the company’s Ensemble from 1996 – 2005 and its Artistic Coordinator in 2003. He is currently Artistic Director of Flying Penguin Productions.
He has produced over 20 professional theatre productions, worked as an actor in many more and is a lecturer and director at both The Flinders Drama Centre and the Adelaide College of the Arts.
David’s directing credits includes Translations (in association with The Malthouse Theatre), The Birthday Party, Assassins (in Association with AFCT Inspace), True West, Blackbird (in Association with AFCT Inspace), The Dark Room (in Association with State Theatre Company), The Juliet Letters (in association with Adelaide Cabaret Festival and The Zephyr Quartet), SOLO – Seawall and Bitch Boxer, and most recently an acclaimed remount of Sea Wall by Simon Stephens (in association with the AFCT for the 2021 Adelaide Fringe) - all with Flying Penguin Productions.
He has also directed the world premiere of Helly’s Magic Cup (Windmill Performing Arts), The Call (Jungle Bean) The Ruby (ABC Radio), Three More Sleepless Nights, The City of Angels, The Juliet Letters, Hysterical Blindness, Summer Rain (AC Arts) and The Call, Dangerous Liaisons, The Three Sisters, A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, A Month In The Country, Love and Money, A Single Act, Twelfth Night, Top Girls and the 2020 Graduating Students Production of Anatomy of a Suicide by Alice Birch (Flinders Drama Centre).
In 2010 he was an Associate Artist with the State Theatre Company of South Australia and made his debut with the company in 2011 directing Buried Child by Sam Shepard (Nominated for the 2011 Adelaide Critic’s Circle Outstanding Individual Achievement) and in 2018 the highly regarded premiere of Creditors by August Strindberg in a new version by Duncan Graham for the Company.
He has been awarded and nominated for a range of Awards including the 2018, 2013, 2009 and 2007 Adelaide Critic’s Circle Outstanding Individual Achievement Award; the Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Award for Best Production - Drama (2018, 2015, 2013, 2011 2009, 2007 and 2005)