"Funny, visceral, intriguing, sexy, horrifying and utterly beguiling - all at once." Stephen Collins, livetheatreuk.co.uk
ERIK CHAMPNEY is a disabled queer artist exploiting the past and confronting tomorrow through such projects as SPARKLER, which was recently introduced as an industry reading produced by Emmy, Olivier, and three-time Tony winner Jim Kierstead and Broadway Factor. Directed by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller, the reading featured Tony winner Alan Cumming, Erich Bergen, Drama Desk nominee Christy Altomare, and Garrett Clayton. Also in the works is the Premiere Production of PANGAEA at Above the Stag Theatre in London.
“One of the finest new playwrights of our time.” Jim Kierstead (HADESTOWN, PIPPIN, KINKY BOOTS)
A Louisiana native, Erik has also lived in Seattle, Singapore, and (currently) New York. He has been making theatre since he was four years old and was first commissioned to write a play at the age of fifteen. He has been honored twice by The Kennedy Center for his plays DEAD BRAINS (National AIDS Fund/CFDA-Vogue Initiative Award for Playwriting) and PANGAEA (Commendation for Excellence).
Erik’s work has been produced and developed across the country through such organizations as the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Potomac Theatre Project, La MaMa, Seattle Fringe Festival, Left Coast Theatre Co., MadLab Theatre, The Acting Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre, and Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.
Erik is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and was formerly a member of Young Playwrights Inc., where he studied under John Weidman and Wendy Wasserstein. He received a B.A. in both Theatre and English from Centenary College of Louisiana followed by an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
“Erik Champney’s writing is equal parts deep literate drama, witty contemporary humor, and base raw sexuality. This is a cleverly produced show that makes you question your own mortality and even your own perceptions of life.” Mia Moreta, Outer-Stage