Eric is an actor, director, writer, teacher, and acting coach based in Los Angeles. He has been acting professionally since he was 15 years old, performing everything from Shakespeare plays in a cemetery to sketch comedy in dive bars. Eric has appeared in feature films, television, web series, music videos, and live theatre, including hundreds of improv comedy shows in Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as on tour and at comedy and improv festivals across the country.
A proud Tarheel and alumnus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Eric earned a BA with Honors (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and continued his training with the Improv Olympic (iO) Theater in Chicago, The Second City Chicago, Comedy Sportz, Steppenwolf Classes West, Warner Loughlin Studios, and many private acting teachers and coaches.
Eric is a member of the acclaimed improv ensemble The Reckoning, which performs weekly in an open Thursday night run at the iO West Theater in Hollywood. Eric is also a company member of the award-winning Echo Theatre Co. in Los Angeles.
His work as a director includes numerous world-premiere productions, contemporary plays, solo shows, improv and sketch comedy, short films, and web series. Eric has directed at the NYC Fringe Festival, IAMA Theatre Company, Triptych Theatre Company, Skylight Theatre, Casa 0101 Theater, Elephant Theatre Company, The Comedy Central Stage, The Hudson Theater, iO West, Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, The Second City (LA & Chicago), the Lost Studio, Sugar Fix Productions,The Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theaters (NYC& LA), and the University of California San Diego. Most recently, Eric directed David Lindsay-Abaire's Pultizer Prize winning drama Rabbit Hole in Los Angeles. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.
As an acting and improv teacher, Eric has worked at universities, private acting studios, and professional training programs across the country, as well as coaching private clients. He's taught and coached 'A-List' celebrities, series regulars, Broadway actors, graduate and undergrad actors, and hundreds of artists young and old. In Los Angeles, Eric is a member of the teaching faculty at Steppenwolf Classes West, Warner Loughlin Studios, iO West, and teaches ongoing scene study. He has taught workshops and classes at BGB Studio, The Art of Acting, AK Workshops, and more. Eric teaches annually at Steppenwolf Classes West's Summer Intensive, has taught numerous times as a Guest Artist for California State University’s Summer Arts intensive, and has been a Guest Artist / faculty member and Guest Director at The University of California San Diego.
Eric's work as a teacher and trainer extends beyond the performing arts; he teaches researchers, faculty and graduate students science communication skills at UC San Diego and trained in science communication at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science in Stony Brook, NY.