Erica Fae

Lecturer in Acting

Erica Fae is a theatre/filmmaker, actor, and teacher. Her first feature film as writer/director/producer/actor, To Keep the Light, was awarded the Fipresci Prize (International Critics’ Prize/Mannheim), Best Director (Berlin Indepedent Film Festival), Best of Show (Bendfilm), Best Emerging Director, two Best Narrative Feature Awards, and two Best Cinematography Awards at festivals, and is currently available on Amazon Prime.

Her most recent solo for theatre, Saved Again and by Him, was developed during a two-year Archive Residency at IRT/The New OHIO. Her play Take What Is Yours (with Jill A. Samuels) ran at 59E59 and received a Critics’ Pick in the New York Times & Backstage. It was developed at New Georges and IRT/ the New OHIO, had its first reading at New York Theatre Workshop, and received support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Fae’s solo, A Girl Joan, was commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop, and performed at New York Theatre Workshop, The Culture Project, and HERE, where she was also awarded a one-year HARP residency for the creation of new work.

As actor, she’s been on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Random Acts of Flyness and Doll & Em, and in feature films First Reformed, Synecdoche New YorkThe SavagesLittle ChildrenPlease Give, and is recurring on Netflix’s upcoming Partner Track. She’s also worked with, among others, Martha Clarke, Rachel Dickstein/Ripe Time, and Ping Chong; and has performed at The New Victory, The Kennedy Center, American Repertory Theater, American Conservatory Theater, the Walker Arts Center, Performing Arts Chicago, the McCarter Theatre and the Power Center in Michigan.

Fae first trained in Grotowski-based work at age 15 and studied at NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing where she later taught acting. She has also taught at The New School for Drama, Columbia’s M.F.A. Film Program, and in private workshops/retreats. Fun facts: she was interviewed for/quoted in Advanced Consciousness Training for Actors (by Kevin Page, published by Routledge), was on a panel at Sundance Film Festival on Experimental Filmmaking and Social Justice, and is currently in development on her second feature film.