Eric Jorgensen

Graduate Student

Office Location

Theater Dance West, Room 2516


Eric Jorgensen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Theatre and Dance and a UCSB Doctoral Scholars Fellow.  His dissertation is titled Reacquired: I, Thou and the American AIDS Play, focusing on the corpus of American drama written about and in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Eric is the 2017 recipient of the Dean’s Prize Teaching Fellowship for the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts.  He was runner-up at the 2017 UCSB Grad Slam campus-wide competition for the best three-minute research talk by a graduate student.  He was inducted as a distinguished member in the UCSB chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

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.  Eric is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the MSF-USA Association.  He is a twelve-time marathoner.  Eric is originally from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.


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

THTR 180G – Race, Gender and Performance

THTR 192 – American Drama and the Performance of HIV/AIDS

DANCE 36 – History of Modern Dance 

ENGL 18 – Public Speaking