Michael Erickson's produced plays include Water Music, The Harmattan, Suburban Angst & Anarchy, Dead Souls, and The Watchers. His work has been produced at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Dance Theatre Workshop, and Via Theatre in New York; A Director's Theatre in Los Angeles; the Empty Space Theatre, Pioneer Square Theatre, and the Floating Theatre in Seattle; Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis; the Cleveland Public Theatre in Cleveland; the Imaginary Theatre Co. (St. Louis Repertory Theatre) in St. Louis; and several other theatres in the U.S. and Canada. His collaboration with Malashock Dance & Co. toured the country and was produced on PBS as part of the Dance in America series.
Erickson was Playwright in Residence for the 2011-2012 season at the Tennessee Repertory Theatre. His work has won several awards, including a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting, California Arts Council Award, and the Mobil Playwriting Competition International Prize (Royal Exchange Theatre, England). He has also published short plays and essays in publications such as Theater Journal and Arts & Letters. Most recently he completed a dance/theatre collaboration, Josephine: Martinique to Malmaison, with ANNONY Arts in St. Louis.
Erickson teaches classes in playwriting and advanced playwriting as well as a number of topics classes in dramatic literature. He is faculty advisor to Surfacing, the annual student new play festival. He is also faculty advisor to the campus improv club.
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