Erik Abbott is a director, actor, playwright, dramaturg, and theatre scholar. He made his professional theatrical debut as an actor at fifteen and has since been worked on well over one hundred professional productions. Erik has worked at US theatres including the Guthrie, The Lost Colony and Charlotte Shakespeare Company, and with two theatres in Cologne, Germany.
He is in the television films The Murder of Mary Phagan and Lucky Day and the Irish-Luxembourgish feature film, The Runway. He appeared in commercials for, among others, the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball team and was an English-language narrator for the German documentary film das geht nur langsam.
He played Dr Seward in an interactive CD-ROM video game called ‘Dracula Unleashed!’ and was recently seen as ‘Professor Bergdahl’ in the Luxembourger Wort German website’s 2015 April Fools’ Day video.
Erik’s recent directing credits include Edward Albee’s The Goat Or, Who is Sylvia? and A. R. Gurney’s Love Letters for Actors Rep, and David Mamet’s Jolly for the New World Theatre Club (awarded ‘Best Production’ at the 2010 Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies and the Sydney Fisher Trophy at the 2010 British All-Winners Festival).
Erik is a former Core Member of The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a two-time finalist for the Jerome Playwriting Fellowship. His works have received productions or staged readings at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, The Playwrights’ Center Hothouse Festival, Red Eye Collaboration, and the New World Theatre Club. Erik has published articles in the scholarly journals Contemporary Theatre Review and European Stages and was a lecturer in the City University of New York (CUNY) system.
He has a BFA degree in Theatre from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, an MFA in Writing from Hamline University, and a Master’s and PhD in Theatre from CUNY.