J. Austin Eyer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from New York University, where he graduated with honors. In addition to his position here at Penn State, he also works as the Head of Music Theatre for the summer program Musiktheater Bavaria where he also teaches acting and movement in Oberaudorf, Germany.
As a performer he has been seen on BROADWAY in: Evita, How to Succeed, Billy Elliot (u/s Tony), The Little Mermaid (u/s Prince Eric), Curtains, and The Secret Garden (Colin). Austin choreographed the long-running Off Broadway production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding, and has choreographed for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Disney World and Universal Studios. He remains on faculty with Broadway Dance Center, CAP21, is a Competition Judge for Headliners Dance, and teaches for programs around the world like Theatre Arts Center, Broadway Connection, NYU, Joop van den Ende Academy in Hamburg and the Showa University of Music in Japan.
He has worked alongside numerous stars like Sutton Foster, Daniel Radcliffe, Ricky Martin, Audra McDonald, Rebecca Luker, Faith Prince, Michael Cerveris, Bebe Neuwirth, Will Chase, Sherie Rene Scott, David Hyde Pierce, Debra Monk, Karen Ziemba, Raul Esparza, Donna Murphy, Nick Jonas and Emily Skinner. As well as working with prestigious Choreographers like Rob Ashford, Casey Nicholaw, JoAnn Hunter, Jerry Mitchell, Tony Stevens, Peter Darling, Kenny Ortega, Randy Skinner and AC Ciulla.
In 2013 Austin co-founded Broadway Donation, a company that provides Donation-Based classes and workshops to musical theatre professionals working in New York City.