Eric is a director, educator, performance coach & communication consultant.
Eric fell in love with acting when he was in high school, performing in theatre productions and improv comedy groups. After earning a BA in Media Studies & Production at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, he moved to Chicago where he immersed himself in the improv and sketch comedy scene, acting in plays and commercials, and eventually relocating to Los Angeles.
Eric has continued to diversify and expand his craft as his career has evolved - working as a director, acting coach, and teacher of acting and improvisation at some of the most prestigious schools and studios in L.A. He’s worked with a wide range of actors, comedians, writers, performers and non-performers, including celebrities, series regulars, aspiring professional performers, athletes, corporate clients, scientists, researchers, and academics.
Eric's acting and performance background is eclectic and wide ranging- he’s worked in contemporary and classical theatre, feature films, television, commercials, web series, music videos, sketch comedy, and has performed improv comedy for two decades - including over fifteen years with the acclaimed ensemble The Reckoning, which formed in 2002 at Chicago’s Improv Olympic Theatre and continues to perform in L.A. and on tour.
Eric’s love of collaborative storytelling led to work as a director of live theatre, comedy, film, video, and new media. He’s written sketch comedy and original theatre, and worked with award-winning playwrights in new play development and staging of world-premiere plays. He’s helmed works produced in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, on regional stages and at numerous festivals. Reviews and writing about Eric’s projects have appeared in The New Yorker, Broadway World, Time Out, the L.A. Times, American Theatre magazine, and more.
As an arts educator, Eric has taught at universities, prestigious acting studios, and led master classes and workshops at festivals and conferences across the country. He's worked with actors, directors, writers, athletes, business professionals, scientists, and many students of all ages and experience levels - ranging from series regulars and Broadway veterans to undergraduate students.
In addition to working with performers and creatives, Eric is a specialist in science communication. He currently works with UC San Diego, where he trains graduate and undergraduate students, post-docs, researchers, and faculty members in science communication and interview skills so that the stories of their work and its impact on the world can be effectively shared with the public.