Eric Jorgensen

Graduate Student

Office Location

Theater Dance West, Room 2515

Bio

Eric Jorgensen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Theatre and Dance and a UCSB Doctoral Scholars Fellow.  His dissertation work is currently titled Acquiring the Normal: American Theater and the Performance of HIV/AIDS focusing on American drama written about and in response to HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the pandemic.

Eric received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Drake University, MFA in Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University, and his MA in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  He is an alumnus of the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.  

As an actor, his performance credits include work in regional theatres, off-off Broadway and on national tour.  He served as Finance Officer for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders USA for nine years with field work in South Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, Georgia/Abkhazia, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Jordan.  He is a ten-time marathoner and a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the MSF-USA Association.  Eric is originally from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. 

Courses

THTR 1 – Play Analysis  

THTR 2A – Theatre in Global Contexts: Africa and the Caribbean

THTR 5 – Introduction to Acting

THTR-7 – Performance of the Human Body

DANCE 36 – History of Modern Dance 

ENGL 18 – Public Speaking