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Erik is a playwright, musical bookwriter and novelist.

His latest original play, the darkly comic drama Like a Billion Likes, will premiere at Stage West Theatre in January 2018. It is the winner of the Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award; the winner of the Southwest Playwriting Contest; a finalist for the 2016 Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference (top 54 scripts out of more than 1,450); a top 10 finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award; a semifinalist for the Inkslinger Playwriting Competition; and was named runner-up in the Todd McNerney Playwriting Contest, where it was read as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival’s “Stelle Di Domani” series. He has also been awarded a 2017 residency grant at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico.

His musical Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, co-written with Ben Winters and featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka (arranged by Tom Kitt), was developed at New York’s Capital Rep and the Actors’ Playhouse in Miami; it has since been licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide and performed in cities across the globe, from London to Seoul, South Korea. He also adapted the beloved TV comedy Cheers for a live stage event, which premiered in Boston and was followed by a run in Chicago. 

Erik’s comic adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie premiered Off Broadway at New York’s P.S. 122, as did Dolla twisted take on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House; the comic thriller Tell-Tale (transfer to the Cherry Lane Theater, GLADD nominee for Best Play); and the comedy Charlie! He also penned the screen adaptation of Charlie! The movie premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and subsequently screened at festivals around world.

He has been commissioned by Penguin Workshop (a division of Penguin Random House) and Disney to author a humor series for middle-grade readers and adults firmly in touch with their inner kids. The first title, Muppets Meet the Classics: The Phantom of the Opera, will be published in October 2017.

Erik was a staff writer and story editor for season two of Here TV’s supernatural series Dante’s Cove. His screenplay Heartbreaker, a psychosexual thriller, was a finalist for the Outfest Screenwriting Lab. Erik’s poems appeared in the Showtime film The Escape, starring Patrick Dempsey.

He is a part of the writers’ group at NYC’s Musical Theatre Factory, and, as a member of the American Theatre Wing’s Advisory Board, he is a voter for the annual Tony Awards.

In the publishing world, Erik spent more than a decade as an executive editor at Entertainment Weekly and InStyle, one of the world’s largest fashion media brands. (To read an interview about his time at InStyleclick here.) He is known as an expert producer of compelling, visually dynamic content that engages and activates readers who love pop culture, style, home decor and entertaining, plus all aspects of fashion, beauty and grooming.

As a brand ambassador and storyteller, Erik possesses a distinctive ability to build businesses by innovating as well as bringing fresh yet pragmatic approaches to existing ideas and franchises. He’s highly regarded for his skill in articulating and executing creative visions persuasively and passionately; for collaborating with and inspiring others; and for delivering exceptional results.

Previously, Erik was the editor-in-chief of Show People magazine, published by Time Inc., and an editor and critic at Us Weekly and Time Out New York. His articles as a freelance writer have appeared in GlamourWReal SimpleTown & Country and Out, among others. 

He has been an on-air reporter for the TV program Talking Movies on BBC/BBC America; acted as host of ABC’s entertainment program The Us Weekly Report; and was a correspondent for ABC’s News One radio show. As a correspondent, he has appeared on CNN, VH1, Entertainment TonightThe ViewAccess HollywoodFox NewsThe O’Reilly Factor, and, in a moment of shining glory, on MTV’s How to Live Like a Celebrity Pet.