Phone: (205) 726-2510
Office: Swearingen Hall 237
Education:B.S., University of Montevallo
M.F.A., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Eric Olson earned his B.A. in 1972 from the University of Montevallo where he majored in business with a minor in theater and philosophy. He went on to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and earned his M.F.A. in stage design in 1974. Olson is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, New York City: Scenic Design Category.
Since receiving the M.F.A., Olson has created scenic, costume and/or lighting designs for more than 200 productions in the worlds of theater, opera, ballet, concert and television, working in venues from London to Las Vegas. Since 1974, he has been faculty designer at Samford University. In the fall of 1993, he served as an assistant in the production offices of London's Royal National Theatre. Olson has also designed scenery for Six Flags over Georgia's music revue This Is America! and designed the main news and weather set for WBRC-TV, Fox 6, in Birmingham, Ala.
Olson specializes in scenic, costume and lighting design at Samford University and also teaches theatre appreciation, professional competency reading, set design, costume design, stage management and scenic art and theatre in London.
"Mr. O" believes the educational process in theatre, especially in the design and technical areas, takes place as much in the backstage and in the scenic studio as the classroom. Skills that students master include more than sculpting, painting and draping. Teamwork, organization, imagination and ingenuity are all part of the process of putting a set on stage and clothing the characters. When lights come up on the finished setting on opening night, everyone who worked to make the visual production a reality can feel a sense of pride.