A painter since the age of 16, Eric Champoux has always taken a keen interest in light.
Since graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1997, he has designed the lighting for more than 100 productions in Quebec and Europe. He has worked with such Quebec directors as André Mélançon, Dominique Michel, Fernand Rainville, Michel Laprise, André Brassard, Gilles Champagne, Alice Ronfard, René Richard Cyr, Claude Poissant, Yves Desgagnés, and Wajdi Mouawad.
Recent opera credits include Kálmán's The Circus Princess with Moscow Musical Theatre; L'Enlèvement au sérail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) with Opéra de Lyon; Aïda, Samson et Dalila, Falstaff, and Dead Man Walking with Opéra de Montréal.
For Cirque du Soleil, he designed the lighting for OVO and Allavita!. In recent years, Eric has worked particularly closely with Wajdi Mouawad, lighting his productions of L'Enlèvement au sérail, Disco Pigs, Les Troyennes, Le Mouton et la Baleine, Six personnages en quête d'auteur, Les trois soeurs, Le Dernier Jour de sa Vie, Willy Protagoras enfermé dans les toilettes, Rêves, Incendies, Forêts, Seuls, Temps, Des Femmes, Des Héros, La Sentinelle, et Soeurs.
Other recent credits include Tendre with Créations Estelle Clareton; L'importance d'être constant withThéâtre du Nouveau Monde; and Cuisine et Confessions with Les 7 doigts de la main.
In addition to his work as a lighting designer, M. Champoux is also a painter.
Eric W. Champoux's masterful lighting was particularly effective in the closing "crucifixion" scene. Bathed in white light, Sister Prejean gazed down in silence from a walkway at De Rocher with arms outstretched on the inclined injection table, bringing the opera to a somber close.
Earl Arthur Love, Concertonet, review of Opéra de Montréal's Dead Man Walking, 2013.