Erik D Diaz, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
(805) 493-3375
Theatre Arts 129


Erik D Diaz is a professional scenic and lighting designer for for theatre, TV, and film. He has had the privilage to work with such prestigious companies as Connecitcut Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Washington, Penobscot Theatre Company, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, American Repertory Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Childrens Musical Theatre of San Jose, The Omaha Theatre Company, Commonwealth Opera, Stoneham Theatre Company, North Shore Music Theatre, West Virginia Public Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, and a number of other companies across the country. Erik also served as the Production and Design Coordinator for HGTV's Designed to Sell. He has also worked on a number of small independent films, in addition to also working for CBS television in Boston. Recent Credits include  Mothers and Sons (SpeakEasy Stage Co.), Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins, Forever Plaid, The Drowsy Chaperone (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center), Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Richard III (Kingsmen Shakespeare Co.), The King and I w/ Lorenzo Lammas, Hello Dolly w/ Gary Beach, Guys and Dolls (NSMT), Marry Me A Little (New Rep), The Crimson Thread, Romance Language (Seven Angels Theatre Co.), In The Heights, Xanadu (CMT-San Jose), Red White and Tuna (Sierra Repertory Theatre), Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical (Playhouse on the Square), Moonlight and Magnolias, Cabaret, Play It Again Sam (Playhouse on Park), Monty Python's SPAMALOT, RENT, Damn Yankees (TriArts), Big Nate: The Musical, Leo Leonni's Frederick (Omaha Theatre Co), Miracle on 34th St, Lumberjacks in Love (IRNE Award Nominee- Best Scenic Design – Stoneham Theatre Co.), The Brother / Sister Plays, The Book fo Grace (IRNE Award Winner Best Production – Company One). 


Professional Affiliations

Member of United Scenic Artist Local USA829 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)

Member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)


Awards and Nominations

2014 Theatre Colorado Award Winner –
Best Large Musical for Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins -Colorado Springs Fine Arts Cener

2013 IRNE Award Nominee –
Best Scenic Design for Lumberjacks in Love -Stoneham Theatre Company 

2013 Pikes Peak Arts Council Award for Excellence-
Best Production for The Drowsy Chaperone -Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center 

2012 Broadway World Connecticut Award Nominee –
Best Scenic Design for How to Succeed in Business – Seven Angels Theatre Company 

2012 The Velveteen Rabbit (originally produced at Penobscot Theatre Company)
accepted as part of the inaugural New York Children’s Theatre Festival.

2012 IRNE Award Nominee –
Best Scenic Design for The Drowsy Chaperone -Turtle Lane Playhouse

2012 IRNE Award Winner –
Best Prod - Play for The Brother/ Sister Plays – Company One

2012 IRNE Award Nominee –
Best Prod - Musical for The Drowsy Chaperone -Turtle Lane Playhouse

2012 IRNE Award Nominee –
Best Prod - Play for The Book of Grace – Company One

2011 IRNE Award Nominee –
Best Prod – Musical for Once on This Island –Blue Spruce Theatre Company 

2007 48 Hour Film Project - Best Film Audience Award for Rich Dilson: Realtor

2005 Design for Misalliance was featured at World Stage Design Exhibition in Toronto



MFA in Theatre Design - University of Connecticut

BA in Dramatic Arts - University of Nebraska Omaha


Scenic Design

Lighting Design

Production Management

Theatre Administration



Stage Directions Magazine – “Pop (of color) for Poppins” April 2015

Stage Directions Magazine – “Deus Ex Spelling Bee” August 2014

2005 Artwork and Designs for Misalliance have been published in World Stage Design Book

2005-2006 Various Artwork featured in “InSite” Magazine Boston

Grant Funding

2013 NetVue Vocational Grant participant

2015 Hewlett Grant

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