Eric Traynor
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700 Pelham Rd. N
344 Stone Center
Jacksonville, AL 36265
(256) 782- 5447

Assistant Professor of Drama
Director/Performance

Education:
B.A. Drama, Jacksonville State University
M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Classes taught::

Acting, Directing, Movement for the Stage, Child Drama, and Introduction to Theatre

Eric Traynor is an Assistant Professor of Drama at Jacksonville State University. In addition to his teaching duties, he runs a summer children's theatre program that includes a professional tour and a week- long drama camp. Before being hired by JSU in January of 2006, Eric was Artistic Director of Storybook Theatre in Greensboro, NC, where more than 500,000 children have seen his work over the last 12 years. Traynor's originals and adaptations always feature lively music and audience participation, as well as subtle learning tools for children of all ages. He also served as Artistic Director for The Barn Theatre, where he directed over 25 shows, including "Crimes of the Heart," "Driving Miss Daisy," "The Foreigner," "Dearly Departed," "Steel Magnolias," and many others. Eric also served as company manager and composer for the acclaimed Child's Play Touring Theatre out of Chicago. Eric is still the playwright and composer for Storybook Theatre, as well as Rags to Riches Touring Theatre, Raleigh/Durham.
His directing work at JSU includes "Seussical, the Musical," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Sweeney Todd," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Tuesday's With Morrie." He has a BA in Drama from Jacksonville State University(1986) and an MFA in Acting/Directing from UNC-Greensboro, where he graduated first in his class in 1989.
Recent/Upcoming projects:
  • Directing Elton John's Aida for JSU
  • Directing Southern Playwright Winner Southbridge for JSU