J. Austin Eyer
J. Austin Eyer joined the University of Texas at Arlington as an Assistant Professor and Area Head of the BFA in Musical Theatre Program in 2020. Prior to his current position, he was an Assistant Teaching Professor at Penn State University, and an Adjunct Instructor for New York University for a combined total of 16 years. As a New York-based performer he was seen on Broadway in: Evita, How to Succeed..., Billy Elliot (u/s Tony), The Little Mermaid (u/s Prince Eric), Curtains, and The Secret Garden (Colin). Austin choreographed the long-running Off Broadway productions of My Big Gay Italian Wedding, and Boys Just Wanna Have Fun. He has also choreographed for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Disney World, and Universal Studios. Favorite directing projects include Cabaret, 9 to 5, Men on Boats, and Results will Vary* (an interactive sketch-comedy musical created for New Student Orientation for incoming Penn State students). In New York City he remains on guest faculty with Broadway Dance Center, CAP21, and Broadway Donation. He teaches around the world with programs like Musiktheater Bavaria and Joop van den Ende Academy in Germany, and Showa University in Japan. His book titled Broadway Swings: Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre was published in 2015 by Bloomsbury Publishing. He holds a BFA in theatre from New York University, and an MFA in directing from Penn State.