Eric Southern is an OBIE award winning designer for theater, opera, and dance based in New York City. Recent theater projects include: Sarah Jone's Sell/Buy/Date (Manhattan Theater Club, New York Live Arts); Greg Moss' Indian Summer (Playwrights Horizons); Samuel D. Hunter's The Harvest (Lincoln Center), Pocatello (Playwright's Horizon), Clarkston, (Dallas Theater Center), and The Few (Rattlestick Theater); Mark Gerrard's Steve with director Cynthia Nixon (The New Group); Frank Boyd's The Holler Sessions (Coil Festival, ACT Theater, Detroit Public); The Civilian's Rimbaud in New York (BAM); Max Posner's Judy (P73), and Sisters on the Ground (Playwrights Horizon's Theater School); A Midsummer Nights Dream with director Eric Tucker (Pearl Theater); Buyer and Cellar directed by Stephen Brackett and starring Michael Urie (Barrow Street Theater, Mark Taper Forum, London's Mernier Chocolate Factory, Rattlestick Theater, National Tour); The Heidi Chronicles directed by Leigh Silverman (The Guthrie Theater).
Eric recently collaborated with composer David Lang on the last installment of his year-long residency at Carnegie Hall providing a lighting score to the John Cage piece “Fontana Mix." Chromatic, an interdisciplinary piece based on the work of Joseph Albers, with Susan Marshall, Jason Treating, and Suzanne Bocanegra premiered at The Kitchen in the summer of 2016. He previously worked with Marshall and Lang on "Play/Pause” which premiered at BAM's Next Wave Festival and then toured to The Kennedy Center and UCLA Live Arts, among others. In 2012 Eric collaborated as production designer on two dance films with Susan Marshall titled “Stop" and “Revel.” He is a long time collaborator with the award winning theater group 600 HIGHWAYMEN where he has designed The Fever, Employee of the Year, The Record, Empire City, This Great Country, and Everyone is Chanting Your Name.
Eric's work in opera includes the world premiers of Paul's Case by Gregory Spears directed by Kevin Newbury (Urban Arias, Prototype Festival) and The Secret Agent by Michael Dellaira and directed by Sam Helfrich (The Danny Kaye Playhouse, Avignon Opera House, Armel International Opera Festival). He recently also collaborated with Helfrich on a fully staged production of Handels Messiah as well as a semi-staged prodution of Bach's St. John Passion both with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Internationally, his designs have been seen in London at the Mernier Chocolate Factory, in Paris at the Pompidou Center and at Park de la Villette, in Avignon at the Avignon Opera House, as well as in Seoul, Greece, Australia, The Netherlands, Hannover, Zurich, and Hungary. In the US, his work has been seen at Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theater Club, Atlantic Theater Company, The Guthrie Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, Asolo Rep, Virginia Opera, Portland Center Stage, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, The Arden Theater, The Magic Theater, Kansas City Reperatory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Juilliard School, University of Rochester, Rutgers University, Bard College, Collaboration Town, Lesser America, Studio 42, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Mint Theater, Bushwhack Starr and The Pearl Theater. He received both his BFA and MFA at NYU.