College of Arts and Communication
Upham Hall

Eric Appleton
Associate Professor

Eric Appleton is the associate professor of scenic and lighting design in the Theatre/Dance Department. With Tracey Lyons he is co-author of Teaching Introduction to Theatrical Design:  A Process Based Syllabus for Costume, Scenery, and Lighting, published by Routledge in 2017.  He typically designs the scenery for three to four department productions each year;  in 2018-19 these included Love Loss and What I Wore, Devon's Hurt, Triumph of Love, and Angel Street as well as lighting for Love Loss and What I Wore.  Courses taught include Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Theatrical Design, Period Decor and Styles, Advanced Design Seminar, Design II for Scenery and Lighting, and independent studies in Scenic Painting when there is student demand.  He mentors student lighting and scenic designers on departmental productions, and oversees student props managers (as well as acting as prop manager on occasion).  Recent freelance work includes lighting designs for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (Sherlock Holmes and the Jersey Lily, A Thousand Clowns, Boeing Boeing) and Milwaukee's Theatre Gigante (Midsummer in Midwinter, Tarzan, The Beggar's Opera). In 2019 he traveled with Theatre Gigante to Slovenia as lighting designer and stage manager to remount their production of Tarzan in the cities of Kranj and Ptuj.  Three of his plays have been published by Heuer (hitplays.com) (Fish, Furious, Three Excellent Cows), and he has had two monologes produced as part of Madison's Forward Theatre's recent monologue festivals (Spotless, Wisconsin Blue Book);  his full length play Hamm in Love and War was selected as a participant in Forward Theatre's 2018 Wisconsin Wrights workshop and readings.  In 2013-14 and 2018-19 he was the recipient of the College of Arts and Communication Excellence in Research Award.  You can see departmental backstage and design work at his university blog: http://blogs.uww.edu/appletoneric/