Flying Penguin Productions is a South Australian theatre Company dedicated to producing unforgettable theatre experiences that provoke, amaze, entertain, and are always associated with acting of the highest calibre.
Artistic Director David Mealor founded the company in 2005 principally 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 has since generated a national profile and enjoys a reputation as the state’s most significant and sustained independent theatre company. It has earnt critical acclaim for its productions and won numerous awards across its history.
David is a multi-award winning and critically acclaimed theatre director, producer and teacher.
An Honours graduate of Flinders University Drama Centre, he also holds a BA from University of Adelaide.
David was a founding member of Brink Productions and part of its ensemble 1996 – 2005. In 2003 he was Brink’s Artistic Coordinator.
Over his career, he has produced and directed nearly 40 theatre productions, worked as an actor in many more, and is a lecturer and director at Flinders Drama Centre and Adelaide College of the Arts.
David’s directing credits for Flying Penguin include Translations (in association with The Malthouse Theatre), The Birthday Party, Assassins (in association with AFC InSPACE), True West, Blackbird (in association with AFC InSPACE), The Dark Room (in association with State Theatre Company SA), The Juliet Letters (in association with Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Zephyr Quartet), SOLO – Sea Wall and Bitch Boxer, a remount of Sea Wall (in association with AFC) and most recently Glengarry Glen Ross at the Bakehouse Theatre in 2021.
He also directed 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 (ACArts), plus The Call, Dangerous Liaisons, The Three Sisters, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Month In The Country, Love and Money, A Single Act, Twelfth Night, Top Girls, and Anatomy of a Suicide (Flinders Drama Centre).
For State Theatre Company SA, he was an Associate Artist in 2010, directed Buried Child by Sam Shepard in 2011 and Creditors by August Strindberg in 2018 in a new version by Duncan Graham.
David has been awarded and nominated for numerous SA theatre awards, including winning the prestigious Adelaide Critic’s Circle Outstanding Individual Achievement Award several times.