ERIN BUCKLEY

Erin’s play SISTREN is part of the 2018 Playwrights’ Week at The Lark. SISTREN was a finalist for the 2018 Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers Playwriting Prize and a semi-finalist for the 2018 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Erin’s play OLDER LADY was a semi-finalist for the 2018-19 Hart New Play Initiative.

SISTREN is an anachronistic futuristic play exploring feminist polygamy in a post-plague society. A mother with multiple husbands and her adoptive daughter with multiple wives navigate the — at once — utterly mundane and downright tempestuous day-to-day reality of maintaining concurrent marriages. Erin has curated several readings of the play with the cast for whom it was written. At The Lark, the cast will include Michael Braun, Candy Buckley, Emily Dorsch, Crystal Finn, Jessica Hecht, Teresa Avia Lim, and Charlie Semine. Lisa Rothe will direct. In May 2018, she workshopped this piece with Brooke Bloom, Marcia DeBonis, Emily Dorsch, Chamblee Ferguson, Lisa Jill Anderson, Sally Murphy, Charlie Semine, and Zoë Winters; Kel Haney directed and Stable Cable produced.

Erin co-produced and co-directed her play OLDER LADY at the Alchemical Theatre Lab (NYC) in partnership with the actors, designers, and collaborators with whom and for whom she developed the piece. Previously, the play had been workshopped at Dixon Place, The Lark, The Habitat, and Vassar College.

She workshopped her play PRODUCT (a gay fantasia on day-job themes) at New Works Lab at Stratford in April 2018. The piece was previously read in her writing group at NYTW and at The Lark, each time with the actors for whom she had written the roles. 

Erin recently completed several original pilots: In GUIDANCE, a counselor at an underserved public high school will stop at nothing to get her kids what they need; meanwhile, her personal life is off the rails. UNAVAILABLE tracks a 30-something graphic designer reentering the world of dating after an abrupt break-up with her bisexual ex-girlfriend. SECOND ACT PROBLEMS is about a daughter who goes into the same business as her actor-mother.

Erin’s short play CC DANCES THE GO-GO was produced at Williamstown Theatre Festival and Dixon Place’s HOT! Festival. Her play GARDEN SWEET GARDEN was part of the Communal Spaces Festival.

Other writing projects include a spec script of BETTER THINGS, a micro-episodic adaptation of OLDER LADY, a short film (PARLOR), and a short film adaptation of her play CC DANCES THE GO-GO. Works-in-progress include a contemporary Brooklynite sort of SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY called I'VE BEEN STUCK IN THIS BAR SINCE THE MID-90s… about the gentrification of South Slope, Brooklyn and the disappearance of a particular gay bar, a play (PLATONIC) about a gay girl and a straight-ish guy who have a very intimate friendship entirely via voicemail message, and a new play called ASHRAM.

Erin is part of the Theaterists, a writing group run by Ben Rimalower that meets at The Public Theater, and of the Writer Shift, a recurring silent retreat run by Madeleine George and Anne Washburn.

Erin is represented as an actor by Wolf Talent Group (legit) and Paradigm (commercial/V.O.).

She has worked for the iconic producers Sheila Nevins (HBO) and Oskar Eustis (The Public Theater).

MFA: Yale School of Drama, Acting; BA: Stanford University; Study Abroad: Oxford University; UCLA's 2017-2018 Professional Program in Writing for Television; Improvisation Training: Stanford Improvisers & The Groundlings.