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 theatres across the country. He has also performed at theatres in Germany and Japan.

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. (NRep); the Shakespeare Festivals of Nebraska (NSF), Wisconsin (WSF), Virginia (VSF), and Illinois (ISF); The Shawnee Theatre in Indiana (ST); and at the Expanded Arts Theatre and West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theatre both in New York City. Favorite roles to date include: Al/THE CLOSER (NRep), Becket/BECKET, Lt. Barney Greenwald/THE CAINE MUTINY COURT MARTIAL,  Provost/MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Orsino/TWELFTH NIGHT, Antipholus of Ephesus/COMEDY OF ERRORS, Leonine/PERICLES (ISF), Duncan/MACBETH (ISF), Bolingbroke/RICHARD II (VSF), King of Navarre/LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST (VSF), Henry V/HENRY V (WSF), Professor/BREAKING LEGS, Albert Soady/ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT (ST), Professor/Captain in FRANKENSTEIN (ST), Michael/TWO ROOMS, Lee/TRUE WEST (UIS Theatre 2012), the title role in MACBETH (UIS Theatre 2016), and Claudius in HAMLET for Shakespeare in Detroit (SiD 2017).

Eric completed Patsy Rodenburg’s Shakespeare’s Heightened Language Levels I-III at the Michael Howard Studios in New York City (2015).

Directing credits have taken him to the Theatre Row Studios, The Theatre Studio, Inc., The Sanford Meisner Theatre, and The Synchronicity Space Theatre (as part of The New York Festival of Plays) all in 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). 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) Tennessee Williams’ A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (2015), THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (2015), and ALMOST, MAINE (2017) recently 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! In 2017, he began serving as Co-Chair of the Playwriting Symposium for the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC).

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

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.