ERIK PEARSON is a Bay Area based director and projection designer. Recent projects include John Glover’s new opera Lucy for Urban Arias in DC, Richard III for Allentown Shakespeare In The Park, Spike Lee’s Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth on Broadway/HBO, and Bill Irwin and David Shiner’s Old Hats at ACT in San Francisco. Other New York credits include The Playwrights Realm, Cherry Lane Theater, EST, SoHo Playhouse, Park Avenue Armory, Intar, HERE, TerraNOVA, New Dramatists, The Lark and Studio NYC. International and regional credits include The Holland International Dance Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth, Two River Theater, Carolina Ballet, El Paso Opera, Ballet Met, The Magic, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, BRAVA!, Marin Theater Company, The Playwrights Center, and Nantucket Theatre Workshop. He has served on the teaching faculty at NYU, Ithaca College, University of California at Santa Cruz, as a guest lecturer at Yale School of Drama, and as a guest artist at Rutgers University. Erik is a member of Wingspace Design Collective and holds an M.F.A. in directing from Yale School of Drama.
Recent Press for Old Hats at ACT:
"The high-tech video trickery and the projections ... are astonishing and so perfectly synchronized with Irwin’s shtick that it teases a whole new kind of digital clowning."
Recent Press for Lucy at Urban Arias:
"(An) excellent production directed by Erik Pearson."
"A most remarkable thing happens during Lucy …at some point during the show—through the artful confluence of libretto, score, performance, and design—Lucy becomes real on her own. So much so that when she dies, she does so has a tragic heroine."
- Washington Post
- DC Metro
- San Francisco Chronicle