Photo by Joe Mazza for Brave Lux

Photo by Joe Mazza for Brave Lux

Erica Weiss is a Jeff-nominated theatre director, filmmaker, and television writer 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,  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.  She and Parrish co-wrote the original pilot for Red Line, which is being produced for CBS by Warner Brothers Studios with Greg Berlanti and Ava DuVernay. 

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 WaterOther theatre directing credits include Twilight Bowl by Rebecca Gilman (Goodman Theatre New Stages), Vigils and The Grapes of Wrath (The Gift Theatre) Cicada by Jerre Dye (Route 66 Theatre, Joseph Jefferson Nominee for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Music/Sound Design),  Distance by Jerre Dye (Strawdog Theatre), 

As a director, new play dramaturg, and assistant director, she has worked with many of Chicago’s biggest Equity Houses and smaller storefront companies.

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.