|WHO I AM
Eric is a Midwestern artist with a Southern flavor who splits his time between freelance directing and his teaching responsibilities at Kent State University's Trumbull Campus. He takes a deeply collaborative approach, assuming that "we as a collective are smarter than [he] will ever be."
Coming to the arts from a working class background, and often feeling like the fish out of water, Eric strives to create an open and welcoming environment in the theatre. There is no play that folks just won't "get," so challenging the audience, without alienating them, is the key. His work has been noted for its passion, as well as a certain joyousness and wonder.
His Southern Fried Chekhov at the Muse Arts Warehouse in Savannah, GA was lauded for its creativity. In his work with the Burning Coal Company (Raleigh, NC), he directed two of their site-specific outdoor historical dramas. Oakwood: Home Again was noted for its keen approach to the lives of the people who are buried in Raleigh's historic Oakwood Cemetery, while Fayetteville Street: The Great Conspiracy to Know Our Fathers was favoured with excellent reception. His updated production of Tartuffe, playing with the hypocrisy of the moral majority televangelists of the 1980's, was also favourably received at the Big Dawg Theatre in Wilmington, NC.
Eric is an Associate to the London (UK) based Loitering with Intent Theatre. Their collaboratively devised Turn Right/Turn Left: A Manual for the End of the World was invited to the Fleetstreet Theatre in Hamburg, Germany for the Kommando Barbara production company. Eric is currently working with company members on devising a project examining the fallout of failed prophecies.
Even in his academic directing, Eric maintains high standards and a clear vision. His productions of A Doll's House and The Doctor in Spite of Himself were both nominated for excellence in faculty directing awards with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
He is an Associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer's Society and a member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab (2012).
|WHAT I DO
|Eric S. Kildow