Erica Weiss is a Jeff-nominated theatre director and filmmaker based in Chicago, Illinois. She was the recipient of The Goodman Theatre’s prestigious Michael Maggio Directing Fellowship, is a proud ensemble member of The Gift Theatre Company, and was the Associate Artistic Director of Route 66 Theatre Company for four years. Her primary passions lie in the development of new work and bringing female voices to the stage and screen. She is a longtime and frequent collaborator with writer Caitlin Parrish, most recently directing their smash-hit world premiere productions The Burials at Steppenwolf Theatre and The Downpour for Route 66 Theatre Company (Joseph Jefferson Nominee for Best Production, Best Director, Best New Work, and Best Lead Actress) as well as their first feature film The View From Tall with their company Teleporter Productions.
Erica is the director and co-creator of the hit world premiere production of A Twist of Water, written by Caitlin Parrish, and made her off-Broadway debut directing the play’s New York Premiere at 59E59 Theaters. Along with playwright Parrish, she was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for ” Best New Work ” for A Twist of Water. Prior to the latest production ofThe Downpour, her work with Route 66 Theatre included the world premiere of Cicada by Jerre Dye (Joseph Jefferson Nominee for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Music/Sound Design), as well as NEXT STOP: A New Chicago Musical, which she directed and co-conceived with composer Diana Lawrence with workshop performances at Theater Wit and the Steppenwolf Garage.
Erica was the founding Artistic Director of Hypatia Theatre Company, where she produced four World Premiere productions, two of which (the critically acclaimed Red Georgia Clay and Florida Styx, both written by Caitlin Parrish) she directed. She served as Assistant Director to Barbara Gaines on Timon of Athens and the Chicago Premiere of Elizabeth Rex at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. She was also the assistant director to Rachel Rockwell for the Goodman Theatre’s acclaimed revival of Brigadoon.
As a director, new play dramaturg, and assistant director, she has worked with many of Chicago’s biggest Equity Houses and smaller storefront companies, including Victory Gardens Theatre, where she was the Dramaturg for the workshop and world premiere of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Jeff Award winner), Northlight Theatre, American Theater Company, Chicago Dramatists, Stage Left Theatre, MPAACT, and more.
Erica is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she earned her degree in Theatre Studies with an emphasis on directing and new play development. She is represented for television and film by Creative Artists Agency.