Erica Fae

Lecturer in Acting


Erica Fae is an actor and theatre/film maker. 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 Indp Film Fest), Best of Show (Bendfilm), Best Emerging Director, 2 Best Narrative Feature Awards, and 2 Best Cinematography Awards at festivals, and will be released in Fall 2017.  Her theatre company anecdota (with Jill A. Samuels) was just awarded a 2-year Archive Residency at IRT/The New OHIO to develop their next project. anecdota's first play, Take What Is Yours, ran at 59E59 and received a Critics' Pick in the New York Times & Backstage. It was developed in residencies 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 play, 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. Her short films have screened at festivals worldwide and been awarded 'Best Short' and 'Best Actress'. Her work as collaborator/creator has also toured to New Mexico, Prague, Italy, and Edinburgh; and she studied the epic ancient vocal art, P'ansori, in South Korea.   

As an actor, she's had recurring roles on HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Doll & Em. 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. She can also be seen in feature films Synecdoche New YorkThe SavagesLittle ChildrenTrainwreckPlease Give and The Music Never Stopped.

Fae first trained in Grotowski-based work at age 15 and studied at NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing - where she has since taught acting. She also teaches physical acting training at The New School for Drama's MFA program, “Directing Actors” at Columbia’s MFA Film Program, and in private workshops/retreats.  She’s currently in development on her second feature film.