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Eric Abele

Associate Chair
Lecturer in Costume Design

B.A. Dramatic Arts, Centre College
M.F.A. Costume Design, University of Tennessee

Eric Abele is a theatrical designer and construction artist, who specializes in costume and puppet design for Theatre for Young Audiences. Before joining the faculty at UMBC in 2014, he was the Director of Design and Production at Lexington Children’s Theatre where he oversaw the design, design mentor-ship, and execution of all technical elements for a busy season of professional plays. During his tenure at LCT, he designed costumes, puppets, scenery, and/or properties for over forty productions including several world premieres such as The Princess Who Lost Her HairI Dedicate This Ride (by renowned poet Frank X. Walker), and The Tallest Tale Ever Told.  In addition to his design work, Eric is an experienced costume crafts artisan who has created puppets and/or specialty hats for a variety of theatres across the country, including the Off-Broadway production of In Transit and the national tour of Motherhood: the Musical.  At UMBC, Eric teaches courses in costume design, stage make-up, costume construction, and career preparation. Eric is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.



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