ACTOR Erika was born in Colorado and raised to pursue just about anything she had curiosity in. Though she participated in horseback riding, figure skating, t-ball, piano, tap, clogging and soccer, it was playing Outlaw Annie in Lewis-Palmer Elementary’s Pecos Bill that launched her rather stubborn insistence on becoming an actor.
She joined Thespian Troupe 5450 in high school and spent a summer at the National High School Institute’s Theatre Cherubs program. Her passion for the work and for the communities that form around it led her to the acting program at University of Northern Colorado, where she earned her B.A.
ARTIVIST College primed her for an acting career, but it wasn't until she found herself in the tempest of New York City that she truly uncovered her creative voice and artistic identity. A budding activist, in 2015 she was brought on as the Director of Online Communities for StateraArts, a non-profit organization working to bring women* and nonbinary artists into full and equal participation in the arts. She also joined the efforts for prison reform, working at Rikers Prison as an actor-trainer for their crisis intervention training program-- a workshop training their DOC officers and mental health clinicians to access their empathy and de-escalate inmates without the use of force.
Erika's acting endeavors in NYC largely consisted of Shakespeare works, a spontaneously-arising interest that ignited a deep appreciation and genuine love for these classical expressions of timeless and universal themes.
EDUCATOR From her experience as an artist in the city and her work with Statera erupted a growing awareness of the need for mentorship in this industry. This led to Erika's involvement helping coach and judge several Speech & Debate Regional Competitions for Berkeley Carroll High School, and served as a driving force in her decision to pursue an MFA in Acting. As a PATP candidate at the University of Washington, she has taught beginning acting courses to pre-major and drama-curious undergraduates. She will graduate with her MFA in spring of '21. Erika is currently based in Seattle with her husband, Adam.
If all goes as planned, Erika will work in several Shakespeare Festivals, write a one-woman show, and run a female-led theatre company. Ideally all of this will be in collaboration with artists who share her passion for innovative, audacious and inclusive work.
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