M. Eric Rimes

Director of LightingSchool of Design and Production
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M. Eric Rimes

Before beginning his teaching at UNCSA, Eric Rimes toured as an electrician, pyrotechnician and moving-light technician with productions of "Aida," "Ragtime," "Martin Guerre," "Spirit," "Jekyll and Hyde" and "Beauty and the Beast." He has also served as an electrician for Vee Corporation, lighting consultant for Hey City Theatre, assistant automation shop supervisor for Scenic Technologies and assistant consultant for Theater Projects Consultants.

Rimes has also been production electrician for national touring companies of "The Sound of Music" and "Dirty Dancing," as well as for local and regional companies such as Carolina Ballet, North Carolina Theatre, Piedmont Opera and Greensboro Opera. In addition to his B.F.A., Rimes completed master's level study in technical design and production from the Yale School of Drama.

Currently, he works as the advance electrician for the national tours of "Wicked" and "Phantom of the Opera." Rimes is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), ESTA and USITT. He is also an ETCP certified technician and recognized trainer.

Graduates are capable of creatively solving the challenges they are presented with professionally. This is accomplished by using a combination of developing many skills, packing knowledge into every opportunity and preparing them to work with others and continue to learn.

Eric Rimes


  • ETCP recognized trainer and SME, 2012

Career Highlights

  • Production Electrician, "Sound of Music" tour
  • Production Electrician, "Dirty Dancing" tour
  • Advance Electrician, "Phantom of the Opera" tour
  • Advance Electrician, "Wicked" tour
  • Head Electrician, "Aida" tour

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Recipient of the 2019 UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence


  • ETCP
  • NFPA


B.F.A.Florida State University