Erik Champney

Librettist Playwright Lyricist

ERIK CHAMPNEY is a disabled queer artist who grew up disabled, grew up queer, and grew up an artist. He does all three exceptionally well and, often, simultaneously. Due to a muscle deficiency in his legs, Erik spent his childhood undergoing extensive surgeries that made it possible for him to walk. In response to his frequent isolation from other children, a robust imagination was ignited. At the age of fifteen, he was first commissioned to write a play by renowned children’s theatre Peter Pan Players. A Louisiana native, Erik also called Seattle and Singapore home before planting roots in New York. He is the recipient of many awards and has been honored twice by The Kennedy Center. Erik’s work has been produced, developed, and celebrated across the United States and beyond. Throughout the decade of 2011-2021, he wrote eighteen plays and received forty-two productions, workshops, and readings. Erik has enjoyed collaborations with remarkable people, including Alan Cumming, Christy Altomare, Garrett Clayton, Stephanie Styles, Misha Osherovich, Susannah Perkins, Marrick Smith, David Pittu, Mao Sun, Erich Bergen, Ethan Chia, Sawyer Spielberg, Jeremy Tiang, Sheryl Kaller, and Jim Kierstead. His acclaimed play, THE SCREENS, is published by Left Coast Publishing in its SCREAMING QUEENS anthology and is available in paperback and on Kindle. In 2021, Erik wrote and directed his first film, TUESDAY, currently on an acclaimed international tour through the festival circuit. In his formative years, Erik was a member of Young Playwrights Inc., where he studied under Stephen Sondheim, John Weidman, and Wendy Wasserstein. Other notable influences have been B. Mark Seabrooks, Leigh Silverman, and Craig Lucas. He received a B.A. in both Theatre and English from Centenary College of Louisiana followed by a M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.erikchampney.com

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ERIK CHAMPNEY is a disabled queer artist who grew up disabled, grew up queer, and grew up an artist. He is the recipient of many awards and has been honored twice by The Kennedy Center. Erik’s work has been produced, developed, and celebrated across the United States and beyond. Throughout the decade of 2011-2021, he wrote eighteen plays and received forty-two productions, workshops, and readings. Erik has enjoyed collaborations with remarkable people, including Alan Cumming, Christy Altomare, Garrett Clayton, Stephanie Styles, Misha Osherovich, Susannah Perkins, Marrick Smith, David Pittu, Mao Sun, Erich Bergen, Ethan Chia, Sawyer Spielberg, Jeremy Tiang, Sheryl Kaller, and Jim Kierstead. In his formative years, Erik was a member of Young Playwrights Inc., where he studied under Stephen Sondheim, John Weidman, and Wendy Wasserstein. Other notable influences have been B. Mark Seabrooks, Leigh Silverman, and Craig Lucas. He received a B.A. in both Theatre and English from Centenary College of Louisiana followed by a M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.