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Who is Eric Steggall?

December 20, 2021

Yvonne Gay

A portrait of a man wearing a velvet suit jacket.
Eric Steggall, managing director of theater, dance, and opera.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones '97

What were you doing on September 1, 1983? Eric Steggall, managing director of theater, dance, and opera, can tell you exactly where he was. Learn more about this former “theater kid” in this installment of Who Am I?

Full name: Eric Steggall

Location on campus: Eric Baker Nord Performing Arts Annex, room 203

Job title? Managing Director for Theater, Dance and Opera

How many years at Oberlin? Eight

Were you a ‘theater kid’ in school? If so, tell us about it. I was most certainly a theater kid, but always backstage, I’ve never felt any desire to be onstage. I was incredibly lucky in that I went to a private high school that had an amazing theater program, whose director also ran a network of 13 children’s theater programs all over California. One weekend, I would be in Marina Del Rey living in a beach house working on Oliver, and the next weekend, I could be in Napa, Poway, or Santa Clarita doing something totally different on a different show. I met so many amazing people, many of whom are still some of my best friends. 

Favorite play performed at Oberlin? To date, I would say Cabaret because it was the first show in the new Irene and Alan Wurtzel Theater.

Favorite childhood memory? I’m a huge baseball fan, so one of my favorites is easily my first trip to Fenway Park on September 1, 1983. The Sox got blown out 11 - 0 by the Twins, but I got to see Carl Yastrzemski play one of his last games before retiring. 

Hobbies? Running; noodling around on the bass, drums, or guitar; woodworking; hanging out with my kids or traveling.

Favorite quote or personal philosophy? You can have anything you want, you just can’t have everything.

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