Eric Davis, 35, one of the bay area's most in-demand theatrical talents, has been named artistic adviser of the theater department of the Patel Conservatory, part of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. A former teacher who was director of musical theater at Tampa's Blake School for the Arts, Davis has worked as an actor in American Stage's Doubt and Forever Plaid at the Straz. Davis directed Hair on the St. Petersburg waterfront this past spring to some of the biggest crowds the American Stage in the Park production has seen in years. His freeFall Theatre, which debuted two years ago with a sensational staging of The Wild Party, is expected to announce in August the acquisition of a permanent space of its own in St. Petersburg. In the meantime, it will begin the 2010-11 season with Rooms, a two-person rock musical, and Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Studio@620. "Eric's vast background in the business will be a real asset," said Wendy Leigh, vice president of education at the Straz.