Eric teaching at Steppenwolf Classes West Summer Intensive, 2017

Eric teaching at Steppenwolf Classes West Summer Intensive, 2017


For over a decade, Eric has taught acting and improvisation in Los Angeles, where he is a member of the teaching faculty at Steppenwolf Classes West, the annual Steppenwolf West Summer Intensive, and Warner Loughlin Studios. Eric was a faculty member at iO West (the L.A. branch of Chicago’s Improv Olympic Theater) until its closing in 2018, and was the iO West Training Center Director from 2005-2009. He teaches independent scene study classes and offers private acting , audition, on-set, interview and public speaking coaching to a wide range of clients.

Previously, Eric has taught undergraduate acting as a Guest Artist and worked as a Guest Director at the University of California at San Diego; he’s taught improv, scene study, and acting for the camera classes in Los Angeles at The Art of Acting Studio, AK Workshops, BGB Studios, The Australian Film & Television Academy, iO West, and across the country at The Magnet (NYC), The PIT (Chapel Hill, NC), California State University's Summer Arts program (Fresno & Monterey, CA), and led workshops at numerous theaters, comedy and improv festivals and conferences in the US and Canada.

As an acting and performance coach, Eric has worked with a wide range of actors, including well-known film and television stars, series regulars, Broadway veterans, graduate and undergrad students, and teens. He’s consulted and coached athletes, musicians, speakers, and public figures in interview skills, multi-media presentation techniques, and public speaking.

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 has studied science communication at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science in Stony Brook, NY.

Utilizing a wide range of techniques and tools, from longform improv, short form, Johnstone & Spolin games, elements of Meisner technique, Stanislavsky, Viewpoints, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, contact improv, Shakespeare, and a wide range of on-camera training methods, Eric's goal is to give each student and client a customized, craft-oriented approach where they can develop consistency and confidence as professionals in the arts, sciences, and beyond.


No classes or workshops are scheduled at this time. To inquire about setting up a class or workshop at your theater, school, or organization, please contact Eric directly.


On-set, in home, and Skype/FaceTime coaching sessions are available by appointment. Sessions may include audition and/or role preparation, public speaking coaching, and/or performance & communication consultation. Rates are flexible depending on the client’s needs and means. To receive a quote or for more detailed coaching info, please use contact form below.

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