Erik Champney
New York, NY
Art is dangerous.
Biography

ERIK CHAMPNEY is a disabled queer artist who sees the world through an uncommon lens. Due to a muscle deficiency in his legs, he spent most of his childhood frequenting hospitals, undergoing extensive surgeries to aid in his ability to walk. In response to his reoccurring isolation from other children, a robust imagination was ignited, and Erik has been making theatre since he was four years old. He was first commissioned to write a play at the age of fifteen by renowned children’s theatre Peter Pan Players. 

Since then, Erik has been exploiting the past and confronting tomorrow with projects like 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.

A Louisiana native, Erik has also lived in Seattle, Singapore, and (currently) New York. 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). His 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. 

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 a M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Agent Information

Elaine Devlin

Elaine Devlin Literary, Inc.

411 Lafayette St.,6th floor, New York, NY 10003

(212) 842-9030

 

 

Successes

BLANKETS AND BEDTIME: 3 RESTLESS PLAYS

WinnerOutstanding Overall Production of an Anthology of One-Acts, Planet Connections

CRAB ON ITS BACK

Top TenThe Stanley Drama Award, Wagner College

FinalistPlaywrights’ Week, The Lark

Semi-finalistSundance Theatre Lab, Sundance Institute

DEAD BRAINS

WinnerNational AIDS Fund CFDA-Vogue Initiative Award for Playwriting, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

WinnerOutstanding Overall Production, Planet Connections 

WinnerOutstanding Playwriting, Planet Connections 

WinnerSold Out Award, Seattle Fringe Festival

OMEN ROAD TO STARRVILLE

Top TenThe Stanley Drama Award, Wagner College

FinalistAshland New Play Festival

Semi-finalistNational Playwrights Conferance, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

PANGAEA

RecipientCommendation for Excellence, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

WinnerOutstanding Playwriting, Planet Connections