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. Professionally he has designed costumes for Baltimore/DC area theatres including Everyman Theatre, REP Stage, Imagination Stage, Adventure Theatre, and Interrobang Theatre Company. 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, he teaches Costume Design and Advanced Costume Design and a wide range of courses within the department including Introduction to Theatre, Senior Capstone, and Fashion, Culture and Society. His current research interests include digital costume rendering techniques, incorporating more realistic applications of pattern, bodies, and texture within a sketch. Additionally, Eric is also a Yoga Alliance 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and is interested in developing yogic techniques within pedagogy, as well as teaching yoga classes around the Baltimore area. Eric is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.