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Austin Eyer

[Jonathan Austin Eyer]

Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts and Dance
Last Updated: September 22, 2021
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Research Interests

Research Interests
Theatre for social justice, queer representation in theatre, creating space for queer and questioning students, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, examination of gender normative pedagogy in musical theatre training

Research Keywords

Research Keywords
Theatre, musical theatre, queer studies, lgbtqa+

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
Theatre performance, musical theatre performance and history, theatre dance performance and history, and queer theory

Biography

Biography

J. Austin Eyer is an Assistant Professor and Area Head of the BFA in Musical Theatre at The University of Texas at Arlington. As a performer in New York City, he performed in six Broadway shows: Evita, How to Succeed..., Billy Elliot (understudy Tony), The Little Mermaid (understudy Prince Eric), Curtains, and The Secret Garden (Colin). He has worked alongside Broadway stars like Sutton Foster, Daniel Radcliffe, Ricky Martin, Audra McDonald, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Cerveris, Bebe Neuwirth, Will Chase, Sherie Rene Scott, Raul Esparza, Donna Murphy, Nick Jonas, and Emily Skinner.

Austin choreographed the long-running Off-Broadway production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding, and has choreographed for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Disney World, and Universal Studios. He teaches around the world with programs like Joop van den Ende Academy in Hamburg, Showa University in Tokyo, and he was the Head of Music Theatre for the summer program Musiktheater Bavaria in Oberaudorf, Germany. In New York City he remains on guest faculty with Broadway Dance Center, CAP21, and Broadway Donation. His book titled Broadway Swings: Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre was published by Bloomsbury Publishing in 2015. He holds a BFA in Theatre from New York University, and an MFA in Directing from Penn State University.

Education

Education

    • 2020 MFA in Theatre
      Pennsylvania State University, University Park
    • 2004 BFA in Drama
      New York University, New York

Appointments

Appointments

    • Aug 2014 to July 2020 Assistant Teaching Professor
      Theatre, The Pennsylvania State University (State College, PA, United States)
    • Sept 2011 to July 2014 Instructor/Coordinator of Dance
      Musical Theatre, CAP21 Professional Program (New York, NY, United States)
    • Sept 2004 to July 2011 Adjunct Faculty
      Musical Theatre/CAP21, New York University (New York, NY, United States)

Memberships

    • Sept 2020 to Present Musical Theatre Educators Alliance
      "Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance was founded in 1999 as a means for teachers of young professional artists to come together and exchange ideas, methodologies, and solutions to common challenges in the academic settings of universities and conservatories. The organization has grown to include member institutions spanning the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Membership provides not only an online forum for discussions pertaining to musical theatre training and the exchange of ideas and resources, but also access to our annual conference, which alternates between US and international locations."
    • Jan 2019 to Present National Dance Education Organization
      "NDEO provides professional development, networking forums, honor societies, journals, research and advocacy tools for teachers, administrators and students in the field of dance education centered in the arts. Our members teach multiple dance genres in a variety of environments including, but not limited to, K-12 schools, dance studios, colleges and community centers." - https://www.ndeo.org/
    • Oct 1992 to Present Actors' Equity Association
      "Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers nationwide. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors' Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions." - https://actorsequity.org/

News Articles

News Articles

Publications


      2020
      • Instructor's Manual
        Musical Theatre: A Handbook of Practical Exercises
        A part of the "Teaching Digital Theatre +" series
        [Eyer, JonathanAustin]. Digital Theatre + is an online educational subscription website used by over three million students at 2,000 academic institutions in over 80 countries. . 115. London.
        https://www.digitaltheatreplus.com/education

Presentations

    •  2021
      Eyer, JonathanAustin, "Queer Representation in Musical Theatre: The Pansy Craze to A Strange Loop", Salzburg, Austria. ( , 2021).
    •  2021
      Eyer, JonathanAustin, "Queer Representation in Musical Theatre: The Pansy Crazy to A Strange Loop ", Toronto, Canada. ( , 2021).

Courses

      • THEA 4191-014 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 113642)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • THEA 4391-014 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 107167)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • DNCE 3335-001 DANCE FOR MUSICAL THEATRE
        (Course Id: 112841)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 3317-001 SINGING FOR THE ACTOR I
        (Course Id: 110945)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 4391-014 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 107167)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • DNCE 3335-001 DANCE FOR MUSICAL THEATRE
        (Course Id: 112841)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 4333-001 MUS THEA PORTFOLIO & SHOWCASE
        (Course Id: 112285)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 3317-001 SINGING FOR THE ACTOR I
        (Course Id: 110945)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 4317-001 SINGING FOR THE ACTOR II
        (Course Id: 112129)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 4317-101 SINGING FOR THE ACTOR II
        (Course Id: 112129)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020

Service to the University

    • Oct 2020 to  Present Attendee, Meeting
      WGS LGBTQ+ Working Group
      This working group assembled by Dr. Dustin Harp, the Director of the Women's and Gender studies program here at UTA. The aim of this working group is to bring more visibility, programming, and funding to LGBTQIA resources at UTA. We plan to create a roster of professors with queer research interests, build a queer staff and faculty association, and help to build a major in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality here at UTA.
    • Sept 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      COLA Research Award Committee
    • Sept 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
    • Sept 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      Theatre Arts Curriculum Committee
    • Sept 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      Theatre Arts Heads Committee

Service to the Profession

    • June 2013 to  Present
      Artistic Director/Co-Founder (New York, NY,
      Broadway Donation
      I server as the Artistic Director/Co-Founder of the 501c3 non-profit organization called Broadway Donation, located in New York City. Duties include scheduling, hiring teachers, publicity, promotion, training and managing staff, and strategic planning.

Other Creative Activities

Other Creative Activities

  • 2021
    • Musical Stage Play
      • Mar 2021
        Spring Awakening
        Based off the 1891 German play, this rock musical focuses the hypocrisy of institutional doctrine (especially in relation to sex education, religious concepts of sin, and a culture of shame) as a means to control young adults and promote abstinence. Particularly in a time of civil unrest, Spring Awakening calls into question what is promoted to children as “normal” and what is “unnatural.” Though dealing with dark themes like suicide and sexual abuse, the message of the musical is to rage against the status quo in order to protect individual expression and thought. The younger generations must hold their elders accountable, and push back in order to create a world with more compassion and understanding of the individual. , The University of Texas at Arlington
        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2020
    • Musical Stage Play
      • Oct 2020
        Moving Forward
        Moving Forward: A Devised New Work
        The world premiere of a new music theatre project
        Devised and written in a collaboration between Broadway artists and UTA students
        "Amplifying the voices of tomorrow, by empowering them today."
        Streaming online: October 23-25, 2020


        ABOUT THE PROJECT
        Moving Forward is an exciting new musical theatre piece created in a collaboration between Broadway guest artists and students from the Theatre Arts and Dance department. The show was created and rehearsed virtually over the course of three weeks. Written by the cast, Moving Forward features text and music that reflect the students’ thoughts, concerns, and feelings about witnessing a social movement during a global pandemic.

        J. AUSTIN EYER (Director - he/him) is a new faculty member and Co-Area Head of the BFA in musical theatre here at UTA. He began his performance career in New York City and appeared in six Broadway shows with stars like Audra McDonald, David Hyde Pierce, Daniel Radcliffe, Nick Jonas, and Ricky Martin. He has been teaching theatre for the past fifteen years at institutions like Penn State and New York University, as well as theatre programs in Germany and Japan. Austin's book titled Broadway Swings: Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre was published in 2015 by Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama.

        MARIA WIRRIES (Creative Director/Music Supervisor - she/her) spent the last two years in the Broadway company and First National Tour of Dear Evan Hansen. She was born in Haiti and was raised in the United States. She spent her life training as a performer, musician, composer, and a rated competitive figure skater. Maria has premiered original works from jazz pianist and composer Dick Hyman and Canadian-based composer James Grant, as well as her own original music at various venues around the country. You can find some of her work on Spotify. Outside of theater and music, Maria’s other passions include biological sciences and activism for all minoritized communities.

        AUSTIN REGAN (Creative Director/Writing Supervisor - he/him) is a New York based stage director and writer. Austin was the associate director for the Broadway productions of Head Over Heels, American Idiot, Everyday Rapture, On A Clear Day… and at the Metropolitan Opera. He was also the associate director of the Drama Desk Award-winning revival of Little Shop of Horrors, which starred Jonathan Groff, Christian Borle, and Tammy Blanchard. As a director his work has been seen across the country with companies like the Minnesota Opera, the Local Theater in Boulder CO, the Hangar Theatre, and Off-Broadway at New World Stages, and Ars Nova. His work as a writer includes Proxy (Underscore Theatre Company) with music by Alexander Sage Oyen, and The Adventures of Pericles (Musical Theatre Factory) with Christy Altomare.

        DONALD SHORTER JR. (Creative Consultant - he/him and she/her) is a storyteller and uses her personal life narrative to bring awareness to social injustice based on race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Donald is a former principal dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (2003-2007) and went on to re-stage works for the company at Barnard College, The University of Idaho, and Towson University. He performed in the Broadway tours of La Cage Aux Folles, A Chorus Line, and Hairspray. Donald is the creator/writer/performer of a one-woman show GENDEROSITY, which uses drag transformation to talk about her life as a gender nonconformist.


        , The University of Texas at Arlington
        [Non-refereed/non-juried]