Emeritus Faculty Lecture Series Presents Eric Forsythe

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 4:00pm
Event Location: 
101 Biology Building East
210 East Iowa Ave
Iowa City, IA 52240
Headshot of Eric Forsythe

Eric Forsythe, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Theatre Arts, will present "Directing Comedy in Unfunny Times." The talk takes place in 101 Biology Building East with parking in the Iowa Avenue Ramp. Cookies and tea will be served before the lecture. This event is free and open to the public.

Eric was the head of the directing program and Artistic Director for Iowa Summer Rep. He trained for a theatre career as a child actor at the Erie (PA) Playhouse, and then at Dartmouth (BA) and Carnegie-Mellon University (MFA, PhD).  His acting credits include hundreds of stage productions at major theatres across the country, from the McCarter, LaMama ETC and Philadelphia Drama Guild, to Boston's Charles Playhouse and the St. Louis Rep, working with actors such as Jason Robards, Geena Davis, Oliver Platt, and David Strathairn.  His favorite roles include King Lear, Sherlock Holmes, Tartuffe, Prospero, Trigorin, Brian (in Joe Egg) and George (in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). He has directed or produced hundreds of stage productions, with actors as diverse as Sylvia Sidney, Betsy Palmer, Ted Danson and John Sayles. Eric has performed in many commercials, films ("Return of the Secaucus Seven," and "Hall Pass"), television ("George Washington" series, NBC Movie-of-the-Week, Hallmark Hall of Fame), radio productions (many for NPR), and industrial films, both nationally and internationally.

His teaching has been recognized by both the M. L. Huit Faculty Award and the Philip G. Hubbard Award for Outstanding Education.  Eric trained with legendary theatre director Jerzy Grotowski's Lab Theatre; the experience formed the basis for his acting/directing philosophy.  He has published articles and reviews in a number of leading theatre periodicals, most notably Theatre Journal. 

Sponsored by the Emeritus Faculty Council