Eric van Baars
Eric van Baars
As Associate Professor in the School of Theatre and Dance, Eric serves as the Interim School Director and teaches movement, musical theatre and acting. For the School of Theatre and Dance, he has directed productions including She Stoops to Conquer, Ragtime, Oklahoma, The Diviners, Lysistrata, Big Love, Honk!, The Wild Party, and A New Brain. Eric also serves as Executive Producer of Porthouse Theatre where he has directed Sister Act, Fiddler on the Roof, Pump Boys and Dinettes and Dames at Sea and choreographed Once On This Island, Big River, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Fantasticks. On the Porthouse stage, he has appeared in Damn Yankees (Applegate), The Music Man (Harold Hill), The Odd Couple (Felix), Anything Goes (Lord Evelyn), Sweet Charity (Oscar), Jesus Christ Superstar (Herod), Guys and Dolls (Benny), and Oklahoma! (Will Parker).
As a director/choreographer, Eric’s work has been seen at MAC Theatre of Busan, Korea, St. Louis Rep, Connecticut Rep, Berea Summer Theatre, Halle Theater, Weathervane Playhouse and Cain Park. His performance credits include Walnut Street Theatre, GEVA, Theatre Virginia, Radio City Music Hall, St. Louis Rep, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cherry County Playhouse and Cincinnati Playhouse, as well as National and International tours. In 2010, he was commissioned as the Roe Green visiting guest artist for the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2014, Eric served as guest faculty for Dongseo University in Busan, South Korea, where he directed the Korean premier of Children of Eden.
He is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Society of Directors and Choreographers.