ERIC S. KILDOW
DIRECTING - DRAMATURGY - EDUCATION
ABOUT ERIC S. KILDOW
Eric is a Theatre Director, Dramaturg, and Somatics practitioner. As an artist he brings an enthusiastic theatricality and strong collaborative spirit to his work. Strongly influenced by clowning and physical theatre work, he engages his collaborators to unlock not only the text's but also their own potential. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Theatre and Program Director for Kent State University at Trumbull.
As a director, Eric focuses on the development of new plays and the exploration of established texts. He is deeply interested in new works for diverse voices and multidisciplinary approaches. Recent projects include The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons (Kent Trumbull Theatre), Is This Entertainment?! (Blank Canvas Theatre), The Voight-Kampff Machine on the Edge of Tomorrow (Middle American Theatre Conference), and Turn Right/Turn Left: A Manual for the End of the World (Loitering With Intent Theatre Company & Kommando Barbara). He has directed in various places including Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, and Germany.
As a dramaturg, Eric seeks to illuminate and develop new works as well as interrogating classics to reach new audiences. Working as a production dramaturg or script consultant, Eric seeks to function as an advocate for the script itself. Projects include ASYLUM with Only Child Aerial Theatre, projects with Loitering With Intent Theatre out of London, and numerous readings with the Mid-American Theatre Conference and Sips & Scripts New Play Reading Series.
As an educator, Eric combines the study of acting and directing with somatic work to prepare students for a changing theatrical landscape. He has taught or lectured in throughout United States, Czech Republic, Ireland, Thailand. He is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, which he teaches privately as well as integrating it into his work.
Eric was born and raised in Michigan, but has moved widely around the United States, from Texas to Georgia to the Carolinas. He holds BA's in Theatre & Political Theory from Michigan State University, an MA in Theatre from Texas A&M University- Commerce, and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He now lives in Warren, OH with his wife and cats, all of whom he loves very much.