His darkly comic drama Like a Billion Likes is the winner of the Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award; the winner of the Southwest Playwriting Contest; a finalist for the 2016 Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference; a top 10 finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award; a semifinalist for the Inkslinger Playwriting Competition; and was named runner-up in the Todd McNerney Playwriting Contest. He was also been awarded a residency grant at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico.
His musical Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, co-written with Ben Winters and featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka (arranged by Tom Kitt), has been performed in cities across the globe, from London to Seoul. He also adapted the beloved TV comedy Cheers for a live stage event, which premiered in Boston and was followed by a run in Chicago.
Erik’s comic adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie premiered Off Broadway at New York’s P.S. 122, as did Doll, a twisted take on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House; the comic thriller Tell-Tale (transfer to the Cherry Lane Theater, GLADD nominee for Best Play); and the comedy Charlie! He also penned the screen adaptation of Charlie! The movie premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and subsequently screened at festivals around world.
He is the author of a new Muppets humor series for middle-grade readers and adults firmly in touch with their inner kids. The first book, Muppets Meet the Classics: The Phantom of the Opera, is out now. Erik’s poems were featured in the Showtime film The Escape, starring Patrick Dempsey. He is part of the writers’ group at NYC’s Musical Theatre Factory.
In the publishing world, Erik spent more than a decade as an executive editor at Entertainment Weekly and InStyle. Previously, Erik was the editor-in-chief of Show People magazine and an editor and critic at Us Weekly and Time Out New York. His articles as a freelance writer have appeared in Glamour, W, Real Simple, Town & Country andOut, among others.
He has been an on-air reporter for the TV program Talking Movies on BBC/BBC America; acted as host of ABC’s entertainment program The Us Weekly Report; and was a correspondent for ABC’s News One radio show. As a correspondent, he has appeared on CNN, VH1, Entertainment Tonight, The View, Access Hollywood, and, in a moment of shining glory, on MTV’s How to Live Like a Celebrity Pet.