Eric is an actor, director, improviser, teacher, & acting coach living and working in Los Angeles.
Eric has been acting professionally since he was 15 years old. His performing experience encompasses everything from Shakespeare in a cemetery to sketch comedy in dive bars, appearing in feature films, television, web series, music videos, and live theatre, including hundreds of improv comedy shows from Chicago to LA and touring across the US and abroad.
A native Tarheel and alumnus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Eric earned a BA with Honors in film studies and film/tv production 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 under the mentorship of private acting teachers and coaches.
Eric is a member of the acclaimed improv ensemble The Reckoning, ten improv artists who have performed together for over 15 years. The Reckoning began in 2002 at Chicago's renowned Improv Olympic (iO) Theater and subsequently ran for nearly eight years at the iO West Theater in Hollywood before its closing in 2018. The Reckoning continues to perform around L.A., at festivals, and on tour. 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, as wel as contemporary plays, solo shows, improv and sketch comedy revues, short films, and web series. Eric's work has been produced at the NYC Fringe Festival, IAMA Theatre Company, JTK Productions, 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. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.
As an acting and improv teacher, Eric has worked at prestigious 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 undergraduate 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, and teaches ongoing private scene study. He teaches annually at Steppenwolf Classes West's Summer Intensive, has taught as a Guest Artist at California State University’s Summer Arts intensive, and has been a 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..