Erik Abbott is a director, actor, playwright, dramaturge, and theatre scholar. He made his professional theatrical debut as an actor at fifteen and has since worked on well over one hundred productions. Erik has worked at US theatres including the Guthrie, The Lost Colony and the Charlotte Shakespeare Company, and with two theatres in Cologne, Germany.
For Actors Rep, he has performed in Flowers in the Desert (2015), The Fever (2016), and his original solo piece #WTF Happened? On the Phenomenon of Trump (2017). Later this year he will appear in Big Boys and Dear Santa…, which he also wrote.
He is in the television films The Murder of Mary Phagan and Lucky Day and the Irish-Luxembourgish feature film, The Runway, and in the Luxembourg produced short films D. – A Reproduction and If Six Was Nine. 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 Luxemburger Wort German website’s 2015 April Fools’ Day video.
In 2013 Erik directed Actors Rep’s debut production, Edward Albee’s The Goat Or, Who is Sylvia?, in co-production with the Théâtre National du Luxembourg (TNL). For Actors Rep he has also directed A R Gurney’s Love Letters in 2014, Daryl Lisa Fazio’s Greyhounds in 2015, and Daniel Pinkerton’s Do You Want to Know a Secret? in 2016. In 2010 he directed David Mamet’s Jolly for the New World Theatre Club, which was awarded ‘Best Production’ at the 2010 Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies (FEATS) and the Sydney Fisher Trophy at the 2010 British All-Winners Festival. In addition he has directed for companies including the Professional Theatre Workshop and Theatre Unbound.
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 trained at and has a BFA degree in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has an MFA in Writing from Hamline University, and a Master’s and PhD in Theatre Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center.