Eric Prince

Contact Information

Phone: (970) 491-0258


Office: UCA 214B

Role: Faculty

Position: Professor

  • Director of the Center for Studies in Beckett & Contemporary Theatre Practice


Dr. Eric Prince has an international profile as a Samuel Beckett scholar and practitioner with many published essays and interviews on Beckett in performance and, as a director, the production of many Beckett plays including: Endgame, Waiting For Godot, Footfalls, Embers, Play, Not I, Catastrophe, All That Fall, Eh Joe, Come And Go, and What Where. He is also director of Colorado State University's innovative Center for Studies in Beckett and Performance, which promotes a wide range of Beckett productions along with visits from internationally renowned guest artists and scholars.

Prince has now directed well over a hundred productions in venues as diverse as London, Edinburgh, Scarborough, Plymouth, York, Augsburg, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Berlin and San Diego as well as devised children's theatre on the sandy beaches of Yorkshire and multi-cultural theatre on the streets of Leeds. Five of Prince s plays have been staged as selected finalists for the British National Student Drama Festival, two of them, Kafka's Last Request and Wildsea Wildsea, receiving the prestigious London Sunday Times Playwriting Award and Best Production Awards. He also served as a writer/director with the British National Student Theatre Company. From 1981 to 1999 he enjoyed a close professional association with Sir Alan Ayckbourn. Two plays, Love Is In The Air and Red Roses were commissioned and professionally produced by Ayckbourn's acclaimed company, The Stephen Joseph Theatre, North Yorkshire.

Since moving from the UK to Fort Collins, Colo., Prince has directed many CSU productions including Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, The Birthday Party, Waiting For Godot, The Pirates of Penzance, Private Lives, Little Shop of Horrors, and Ayckbourn's Comic Potential.

In addition to teaching acting, directing, playwriting, theatre history, and a summer study abroad course in London, he regularly directs and works in close association with Bas Bleu Theatre in Fort Collins, Colo., where he has directed many Beckett shorts as well as plays such as Brecht's Mother Courage, Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer, Ayckbourn's Confusions, and his own original works Sance and Red Roses. Earlier experience includes: Chair of Theatre at University College Scarborough, University of Hull, and KCACTF Respondent and Chair of Playwriting for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region VII.

Ongoing experience includes being one of the most obsessed supporters of Liverpool Football Club to reside in the United States.