Eric was most recently seen in the new musical The Coincidentals, with music by Matt Patrick Walsh and book by Emma Jeszke and direction by Sarah Anne Simmons. Eric Played John Tanner, a blind 18-year-old with one last year of high school and little time to hold onto the relationships he forms in his final year and come up with the money to apply to music school for songwriting. (http://thecoincidentals.wix.com/the-coincidentals)
He also recently worked with University of California-Irvine's Satellite Program to develop an original book, music and lyrics for a 15-minute musical in their production of 4@15: Four New 15-minute Musicals. Eric's show, Heart of a Battle, premiered as one of the four shows at The Playroom Theater in April.
Eric's hometown is Saint Cloud, Minnesota. His love for musical theatre began quite early at the age of four when he joined the St. John's Boys' Choir and performed in their annual concert Boys On Broadway. While in middle school and high school at St. Cloud Cathedral, Eric performed in both musicals and straight plays including The Wizard of Oz, The Boyfriend (Percy), Annie, Get Your Gun (Cowboy Trio), The Pajama Game (Sid Sorokin), Philip Glass Buys A Loaf Of Bread (Baker), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II). He was also heavily involved in choir and was a part of the Minnesota All-State Choir in 2005 and '06.
Eric received his BA from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN. While at SJU he studied music in vocal performance and also received a minor in communications. Eric performed in numerous productions at SJU including including two operas, Signor Deluso (León), Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas), a musical revue in which he performed "Giants in the Sky" from Sondheim's Into the Woods. He also played the role of Kaspar in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors in a 2010 community production.
Eric's undergraduate college years also led him to songwriting. New relationships beginning and old ones dwindling led him to the keyboard in dorm room and in his junior year in college, Eric began playing open mic nights at a local coffee shop near campus. In a very short time, Eric was playing solo concerts with his original songs all around town. He was asked to play for benefits, private parties, bar shows and jazz nights in the area. His writing landed him a spot on the university's Campus Grooves album featuring his original song "Balloon".
In 2011, Eric moved to New York City to pursue his masters degree in musical theatre at New York University. While at NYU, he has worked with a high caliber of teachers including the Tony-nominated Meg Bussert, Michael Ricciardone, Scott Murphree, Bill Bowers, John Simpkins, William Wesbrooks, MK Lawson, Caleb Hoyer, Grant Wenaus, Stephanie Bittner and Daniel Green. Eric has been a part of NYU's recent productions of Cendrillon, Casual Bob, Fiorello!, Celebration and EDEN. Eric also worked at NYU as a teacher's assistant to Grammy Award-winner Herschel Garfein.
Eric continues to sing and songwrite on the side, performing a few times at local coffee shops and looks forward to finishing production on an album of his original music.