Nebraska Authors

Royal W. Eckert

Born 1927-05-09 Minneapolis, MN (USA)

Died 2015-01-23
Nebraska City, NE (USA)

"I was read to and told stories-fairy-tales and myths to Edgar Rice Burrough as a child. I discovered Theatre as a freshman in college and have become a Theatre Generalist (jack of all theatre arts and master of some); and I believe that ALL forms of the theatre arts are communication."

Places Lived

Minneapolis, MN
Lincoln, NE
Omaha, NE
Auburn, NE
Nebraska City, NE

Author Of

  • Journalism
  • Music and Audio
  • Nonfiction
  • Play/Screenplay
  • Other


Radio and Television Scripts; Stage Plays and Musicals; Articles on Technical Theater;


Bachelor of Arts, 1953, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Master of Arts, 1968, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Ph.D., 1975, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


Drama and Speech Professor
Actor, Performed in Commercials
Actor, Off-Broadway Productions
Radio Scriptwriter

Places Worked

Peru State College, Peru, NE (19 years)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE (3 years)
Directed the Omaha Junior Theater, Omaha, NE (3 years)
Designer at the Omaha Playhouse, Omaha, NE (11 years)


Various (local) acting, directing, and stage design awards
Listed in Marquis Who's Who in Entertainment, (2nd Ed.), 1992-93.


Omaha Organization for the Purpose of Story Telling, member


"Doc Eckert's Backstage Notes," Nebraska Association of Community Theaters Newsletter (1980-88).

Plays, produced, not published:
Patron Saint, University of MN, 1950; University of TX, 1951.
Touch of Magic, University of NE-Lincoln, 1971, Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS, 1972.
Freedom: 1,000 Miles and More, Malone Center, Lincoln, NE, 1972.
Journey to the Dark Tower, Omaha Junior Theater, Omaha, NE, 1973.
Dragon-Watch, Omaha Junior Theater, Omaha, NE, 1974, Peru State College, 1976.
Facts 'N Fables of Southeast Nebraska, Peru State College, 1984.

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