Eric Samuelsen taught at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio before joining the faculty at Brigham Young University in 1992. He became head of the Playwriting program at BYU in 1999. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member in the Religion department. He retired from BYU in 2012.
As a playwright, Samuelsen has had twenty-seven plays professionally produced in Utah, Indiana, Louisiana, New York, and California. Some of his plays include Gadianton, which has seen three professional productions across the country, A Love Affair with Electrons, Family, The Plan, and The Way We’re Wired. He is resident playwright at Plan B Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, who designated their 2013-14 season a ‘Season of Eric, including productions of six plays.
He is a member of the Playwrights’ Circle, and the Dramatists Guild. He is three-time winner of the Annual Award in Playwriting offered by the Association for Mormon Letters (AML) and he became president of AML in 2007. In 2013 the organization awarded him the Smith Pettit Award for his lifetime work as a playwright.
He has been a staff writer for the on-line satirical magazine The Sugarbeet. He was also featured in the book Conversations with Mormon Authors, edited by Chris Bigelow. He is a noted Ibsen translator, and has also published scholarly articles on 19th and 20th century Scandanavian Theatre, and more recently, on LDS drama and film. He blogs at Mormoniconoclast.com.
Soon to be available in the Leicester Bay Theatricals Catalog:
- A Doll House
- Little Eyolf
- Playing The Game
- A Love Affair With Electrons
- He and She Fighting: A Love Story
- Sex and the New York Yankees (a short play)
- Peculiarities ( six short plays)
- Coughlaugh (an experiment in theatre)
- Ten Minute Plays (including: The Butcher, The Baker and the Bedtime Buddy, Blood Pudding, Behind The Blue Door, Burning Desire, Perfect Circle, Inversion and Intersection)
CLICK HERE for a link to a fascinating interview with Eric on artistsofutah.com