Erik Champney

Playwright

ERIK CHAMPNEY is the author of divergent frenzies. His plays are outbursts of life with identities so distinct they could each be written by different people. These offerings are exclusive, ascending from obscure crevices separated by culture, time, ideologies, and barbed wire. Stories (or creatures) standing alone with only one thing in common. The playwright.

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"Funny, visceral, intriguing, sexy, horrifying and utterly beguiling - all at once." Stephen Collins, livetheatreuk.co.uk

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Erik 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 New York premiere of FIEVEL DRIDGE, THE GREAT ORATOR OF FISHINGSTILL.

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“One of the finest new playwrights of our time.” Jim Kierstead (HADESTOWN, PIPPIN, KINKY BOOTS)

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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).

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“Erik Champney wrote about an artist wanting to create a masterpiece. I guess it was Champney who actually did that.” Justin Cheang, Arts Independent

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Erik’s work has been produced and developed across the United States and beyond through such organizations as the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (CA), Potomac Theatre Project (NY), La MaMa (NY), Seattle Fringe Festival (WA), Abingdon Theatre Company (NY), Left Coast Theatre Company (CA), MadLab Theatre (OH), Theatre in the Raw (BC), The Acting Ensemble (IN), Pittsburgh New Works Festival (PA), T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre (NY), Above the Stag Theatre (UK), Home Club (SG), and Planet Connections (NY). Erik's celebrated play, THE SCREENS, is featured in the Screaming Queens anthology, published by Left Coast Publishing.

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"Mr. Champney's writing is searing, insightful and believable...Exceptional...Precise, detailed and effective." Darryl Reilly, TheaterScene

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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.

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“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

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www.erikchampney.com

Highlights

ERIK CHAMPNEY is the author of divergent frenzies. His plays are outbursts of life with identities so distinct they could each be written by different people. These offerings are exclusive, ascending from obscure crevices separated by culture, time, ideologies, and barbed wire. Stories (or creatures) standing alone with only one thing in common. The playwright.