Meet Our Faculty: Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson

Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, Associate Professor of Theatre
Director of UIS Theatre


Originally from Minneapolis, Eric has directed and acted professionally at many theatres across the country. As an actor, he has worked professionally on stage, in film, television commercials and radio. Professional stage credits include work at: the Minneapolis Centennial Showboat; Nebraska Rep.; the Shakespeare Festivals of Nebraska, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Illinois; off off Broadway; and upstate New York.  Recent acting credits include playing Dr. Rank in Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE at The Hoogland Center for the Arts for Over the Moon Productions (2010); Albert Soady in Jeff Daniel’s ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT at The Shawnee Theatre in Bloomfield, Indiana (2010); Jim Bayliss in Arthur Miller’s ALL MY SONS and Walton/Professor/Father in R.N. Sandberg’s FRANKENSTEIN also for The Shawnee Theatre in Indiana (2011); and Lee in Sam Shepard’s TRUE WEST for UIS Theatre (2012). Directing credits have taken him to New York City, Atlanta, Charlotte, the mountains of Virginia, Nebraska, Minnesota, and onward. For UIS Theatre, he has directed a number of productions over the years, (see Past Productions for details). Most recently, he directed Richard Maltby, Jr. and William Meade’s RING OF FIRE The Music of Johnny Cash for The Shawnee Theatre in Indiana (2011); Tracy Letts’ SUPERIOR DONUTS for The Heartland Theatre Company in Bloomington/Normal, Illinois (2012),  Bruce Norris’ CLYBOURNE PARK (2013) and Tennessee Williams’ A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (2015) for UIS Theatre.

Eric has served as an Associate Editor for The Player’s Journal in conjunction with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), where he continues to work as an actor in the Playwrighting Symposium; and has presented papers and/or workshops at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC). He is a past Co-Representative for the College/University Division of the Illinois Theatre Association (ITA), where he received ITA’s 2008 College/University Division “Award of Excellence.” His performance or book reviews have been published in The Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance and in Theatre Topics. He received an Excellence in Directing Certificate of Merit from the KCACTF in 2014, for his 2013 UIS Theatre production of Clifford Odets’ AWAKE AND SING!

Eric is a proud Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

Previous appointments include: Winthrop University in South Carolina; The University of Virginia’s College at Wise; Georgia Perimeter College; and Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Eric earned an M.F.A. in Acting from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from The University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.