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Eric Hetzler received his BA in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MFA in Performance from the University of Georgia. He began his professional acting career at the age of 12 when he cast by the world-renowned Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. Since that beginning, he has performed in more than 100 stage, screen, and other media productions. In 1999, after a national search, he was hired as Executive Director of the Central Minnesota Children’s Theatre. During his tenure there, he produced or directed more than two dozen shows for the company and others around the region. In 2004, he moved to the UK to pursue a PhD in Drama at the University of Exeter. He completed this in 2007. He continued teaching at Exeter until accepting this position at Huddersfield. Eric has continued to act in his time here, having performed Richard III, Polonius in Hamlet and Cardinal Wolsey in Henry VIII. In 2007 he performed in Pericles as part of the Summer in the Dell series in Stratford upon Avon. Most recently, he played Alsemero in The Changeling.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Actor Training and Pedagogy
  • Awareness/Consciousness in Performance
  • Performativity
  • Psychological and/or Psychophysical Actor Training
  • Empirical Performance Research

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emotion Social Sciences
online survey Social Sciences
performance Social Sciences
experience Social Sciences
consciousness Social Sciences
interview Social Sciences
examination Social Sciences
monitoring Social Sciences

Research Output 2007 2012

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Book/Film/Dance Article review

Actor Self vs. Character Self: An Empirical Exploration

Hetzler, E., 2012, In : Journal for Artistic Research. 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
online survey

Book review: The Politics of American Actor Training, Ellen Margolis and Lissa Tyler Renaud (eds) (2010)

Hetzler, E., 1 Oct 2011, In : Studies in Theatre and Performance. 31, 3, p. 351-353 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

The Actor's Awareness: An Empirical Examination from the Survey of the Actor's Experience

Hetzler, E., 1 Jan 2010, Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts 2009. Meyer-Dinkgrafe, D. (ed.). Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 46-65 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Actors and Emotion in Peformance

Hetzler, E., 2007, In : Studies in Theatre and Performance. 28, 1, p. 59-78 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ancient Rome

Activities 2013 2019

  • 4 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation

Emotion Memory: "A Dangerous Reputation"?

Eric Hetzler (Speaker)
5 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Presenting Your Research: It Really is a Performance

Eric Hetzler (Speaker)
31 Aug 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Giving Voice to Emotion: The Alba Method of Emotion and Text

Eric Hetzler (Speaker)
7 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The Alba Method for Emotion in Actor Training

Eric Hetzler (Speaker)
19 Jun 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The Need for Mindfulness: Actors Describe Attention and Awareness

Eric Hetzler (Speaker)
12 Apr 2013

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation