Eric L. Renschler

Associate Professor of Design, Scenic Designer

Mr Renschler returned to the University after nearly twenty years working on and off-Broadway.

His Broadway designs include scenery for As Long As You Both Shall Laugh (including a national tour and PBS special) and Mamaloshen. Off-Broadway credits include designs at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Circle Repertory Company, Pan-Asian Repertory Theatre, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and The Juilliard School. Regional credits include Cincinnati Playhouse, Chautauqua Opera, Barrington Stage Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Adirondack Theater Festival, Hangar Theatre, and Seattle Repertory Theatre.

As an associate of designer John Lee Beatty, he worked on over 40 Broadway productions and tours including The Color Purple, Doubt, Chicago, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Footloose, Proof, Wonderful Town, The Redwood Curtain, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Internationally, Mr. Renschler has served as the Associate Scenic Designer supervising more than a dozen productions of the hit musical Chicago including productions in London, Paris, Moscow, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Mexico City, Utrecht, Berlin, and Vienna. 

In New York, he was among the first designers invited to join the famed Circle Repertory Lab company where he designed more than 2 dozen productions, was a founding member of the Circle East Theatre Company, and was involved with 30 musicals in City Center’s Encores series.

He holds an MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Michigan, a BA from the University of Evansville, and is a member of IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) and USA (United Scenic Artists).

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  1. Courses taught

  2. Scene Design

  3. Color & Design for the Theatre

  4. Rendering

  5. Graphic Communications for the Theatre

  6. Period Styles for the Theatre

  7. Advanced Design Seminar

  8. Director/Designer Collaboration

  9. All syllabi and course documents are available to enrolled students via Blackboard.

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