Erik is a playwright, musical bookwriter and novelist. Raised in Texas and now living in Harlem, he is the recipient of residency grants/fellowships at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the Chulitna Lodge Research Institute, the Johnny Mercer Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals, and Monson Arts.

His latest original play, the darkly comic drama Like a Billion Likes, premiered at Stage West Theatre. It is the winner of the Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award; the winner of the Southwest Playwriting Contest; a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference; and a top 10 finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award. 

A Tony voter and member of the American Theatre Wing’s Advisory Board and the Clive Barnes Foundation awards selection committee, Erik was also part of the writers’ group at the Musical Theatre Factory, where he developed a musical adaptation of Like A Billion Likes titled Misty Makes It Better with composer Brad Alexander and lyricist Jill Abramovitz. He is also adapting the Warner Bros. holiday classic Christmas in Connecticut with co-bookwriter Patrick Pacheco, composer Jason Howland, and lyricist Amanda Yesnowitz.

His musical Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, co-written with Ben H. Winters and featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka (arranged by Tom Kitt), was developed at New York’s Capital Rep and the Actors’ Playhouse in Miami; it has since been licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide and 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 Dolla twisted take on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House; the comic thriller Tell-Tale (transfer to the Cherry Lane Theater, GLAAD 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. 

He is the author of a critically acclaimed humor series for middle-grade readers and adults firmly in touch with their inner kids. Muppets Meet the Classics, published by Penguin Workshop, includes The Phantom of the Opera and Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm.

Erik was a staff writer and story editor for season two of Here TV’s supernatural series Dante’s Cove. His screenplay Heartbreaker, a psychosexual thriller, was a finalist for the Outfest Screenwriting Lab. Erik’s poems appeared in the Showtime film The Escape, starring Patrick Dempsey.

In the publishing world, Erik spent more than a decade as an executive editor at Entertainment Weekly and InStyle, one of the world’s largest fashion media brands. (To read an interview about his time at InStyleclick here.) He is known as an expert producer of compelling, visually dynamic content that engages and activates readers who love pop culture, style, home decor and entertaining, plus all aspects of fashion, beauty and grooming.

As a brand ambassador and storyteller, Erik possesses a distinctive ability to build businesses by innovating as well as bringing fresh yet pragmatic approaches to existing ideas and franchises. He’s highly regarded for his skill in articulating and executing creative visions persuasively and passionately; for collaborating with and inspiring others; and for delivering exceptional results.

Previously, Erik was the editor-in-chief of Show People magazine, published by Time Inc., and an editor and critic at Us Weekly and Time Out New York. His articles as a freelance writer have appeared in GlamourWReal SimpleTown & Country and Out, 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 TonightThe ViewAccess Hollywoodand, in a moment of shining glory, on MTV’s How to Live Like a Celebrity Pet.