Eric Gibson is a stage director whose extensive experience directing opera and musical theatre keeps him in great demand. In 2002, Gibson took over the artistic directorship of LOOK Musical Theatre (formerly Light Opera Oklahoma), where he directed original productions of Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow, Iolanthe, Sweeney Todd, The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, The Music Man, Trial by Jury, Candide, Into the Woods, My Fair Lady, The Gondoliers, The Light in the Piazza, and Trouble in Tahiti. Gibson’s productions have won critical praise, being named Best Production of the Year by Tulsa critics.
Recent credits include Madama Butterfly and Pirates of Penzance with Fargo-Moorhead Opera; The Mikado for Union Avenue Opera; The Magic Flute for the Manhattan Opera Studio; Rigoletto for Mid-Atlantic Opera; Heathers: The Musical for Vulcan Lyric in Philadelphia; La Boheme for Boheme Opera, NJ; and Little Women for Central Oklahoma University.
Additionally, Gibson has directed original productions of The Mikado for Wichita Grand Opera and Mobile Opera, where he has also staged original productions of The Light in the Piazza and Sweeney Todd. Other career highlights include work on productions for the Washington National Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Dallas Opera, and Utah Festival Opera. In 2011-12, Eric Gibson served as Director of Opera at Baylor University, where he directed Dido and Aeneas, Gallantry, and Signor Deluso. Other university credits include original productions of Die Fledermaus and Albert Herring for Bowling Green State University, and The Toy Shop and Little Red Riding Hood for The University of Central Oklahoma.
Gibson was recently named Director of Opera at Northern Arizona University and received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan and his Masters in Stage Direction from Indiana University. In the summer, Gibson teaches at AIMS in Graz (Austria), and the Härnösand Folkhögskola Opera Workshop (Sweden).