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Erhard Rom

Professor, Theatre and Dance

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BA, University of Washington
MFA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
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ERHARD ROM is a Full Professor at Montclair State University in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He received his M.F.A. in design from the TISCH School of the Arts at NYU in 1992. Following his graduation he began working regularly for regional companies throughout the country. He has designed settings for more than 250 productions around the globe and in 2015 he was named as a finalist in the Designer of the Year category of the International Opera Awards in London.

While the bulk of his work has been for opera, he has designed extensively for theater companies as well. His work has been seen at The Royal Swedish Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera in the Kennedy Center, Wexford Festival Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin, Vancouver Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Minnesota Opera, Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre Center, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Boston Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Atlanta Opera and Wolf Trap Opera among many others.

He has collaborated with many of the world’s leading directors, including Francesca Zambello, for whom he designed the world premiere of the 2011 Glimmerglass Festival production of "A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck" with music by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. In 2014 he designed the European premiere of Kevin Puts opera, "Silent Night". The production was awarded two accolades at the 2015 Irish Times Theatre Awards Ceremony, including the audience choice award and best opera production of 2014.

Several of his designs have been featured in the Prague Quadrennial, an international exhibition of scenography and architectural design. His design work was also displayed in the Opera America Design Gallery, located in the Pamela J. Hoiles lobby from October 2012 through February 2013. This exhibition of his work was part of the opening of the new National Opera Center in Manhattan.

Mr. Rom is a member of United Scenic Artist, Local 829 and Opera America.


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