ERIC HUNICUTT is a working actor (SAG-AFTRA), director, writer, teacher, and acting coach based in Los Angeles. Eric has been acting professionally since he was 15 years old, performing everything from Shakespeare in a cemetery to sketch comedy in dive bars, appearing in feature films, television, webisodes, music videos, and live theatre, including hundreds of improv comedy shows from Chicago to LA and beyond.
An 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 Conservatory in Chicago, Comedy Sportz, Steppenwolf Classes West, and many private acting teachers and coaches. Currently, Eric performs weekly with the acclaimed improv ensemble The Reckoning at iO West in Hollywood, the Los Angeles branch of Chicago's renowned iO Theater.
Eric's work as a director includes numerous world-premiere performances; plays, solo shows, improv and sketch comedy, short films, commercials, and webisodes. He has directed stage productions at the NYC Fringe Festival, Skylight Theatre Company, Casa 0101 Theater, 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, as well as several new media projects and short films. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.
As an acting teacher and private coach, Eric has worked at universities, private acting studios, and prestigious professional programs across the country; he's coached 'A-List' celebrities, series regulars, Broadway veterans, and taught hundreds of students and artists of all ages and levels of experience. In Los Angeles, Eric teaches at Steppenwolf Classes West, Warner Loughlin Studios, iO West, the Art of Acting Studio, and offers private scene study classes and one-on-one audition coaching. He also teaches annually as a Guest Artist at California State University’s Summer Arts intensive, and has been a Guest Faculty member and Guest Director at The University of California San Diego.
Eric's wide range of skills and influences across multiple disciplines make him a versatile actor, director, coach, and teacher. His areas of expertise include short and long-form improv, sketch comedy, scene study, text analysis, on-camera technique, Viewpoints training, audition classes, and more. Eric's extensive knowledge of classical and contemporary text, experience with both stage and on-camera work, and his extensive background in scripted as well as improvised work is bolstered by a deep passion for the craft and a love of actors and acting.