Eric van Baars | School of Theatre and Dance | Kent State University

Eric van Baars

Eric van Baars

Eric van Baars

Eric serves as the School Director as well as the Executive Producer for Porthouse Theatre. As Associate Professor in the School of Theatre and Dance, he also has  taught  movement, musical theatre and acting. For the School of Theatre and Dance, he has directed the  New York Musical Theatre Showcase  and over 15 productions including Into the Woods, She Stoops to Conquer, RagtimeOklahoma, The Diviners, Lysistrata, Big Love, Honk!, The Wild Party, and A New Brain. As Executive Producer of Porthouse Theatre he has directed Ain’t Misbehavin’, Sister Act, Fiddler on the RoofPump 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 Oliver (Fagin), Chicago (Billy Flynn), 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 many more.
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 Theater 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.

Job Title

School Director and Associate Professor

Job Department

School of Theatre and Dance







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Eric van Baars