Erica Gould is a director and fight choreographer whose wide-ranging body of work includes the world premieres of Neil LaBute's plays autobahn and Stand Up (with Mos Def), On Point: From Sword Fight to Pas de Deux, a new dance-theatre piece that she developed in collaboration with the New York City Ballet's Jared Angle and Megan LeCrone, exploring the shared origins of Classical Ballet and Sword Fighting (Salon/Sanctuary), SpeakEasy by Rajiv Joseph, Theresa Rebeck, others (Joe's Pub/Public Theater), and numerous productions of Shakespeare.
Most recently, she directed Dirty Paki Lingerie, which she developed with writer/solo performer Aizzah Fatima. Running at The Flea in the summer of 2013, Dirty Paki Lingerie has also had productions in Toronto, at The Cherry Lane and 59E59, and a sold-out run in Edinburgh, including presentations for Amnesty International Scotland. It has been featured in articles in The Wall Street Journal, Backstage, and other publications, and on the CBC.
In September of 2013, she will be directing The Heirs of Tantalus: From the House of Atreus to the Palace of Nero, a site-specific opera-theatre piece, for which she created the script, with a cast featuring Ethan Peck and Grammy-nominated Brazilian countertenor Jose Lemos, and Grammy-nominated harpsichordist Jory Vinikour and the award-winning early music ensemble The Sebastians. (Broad Street Ballroom/SalonSanctuary). Upcoming in 2014: her site-specific production of John Gay's vicious, political comic masterpiece, The Beggar's Opera.
Erica recently had the honor of being a featured speaker, along with Rick Sordelet, for the SDCF/American Theatre Wing Masters of the Stage panel on Physical Staging and Fight Direction (available as a podcast at americantheatrewing.org), and is a member of the Fight Steering Committee at Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She has directed and fight-choreographed numerous productions of Shakespeare, and Jacobean and Restoration-Georgian playwrights, including Troilus and Cressida (NY Stage & Film), The Rover (The New School), The Comedy of Errors (Hudson Guild), The Tempest (Fordham), Pericles (NJ Shakespeare Festival), As You Like It (The Shakespeare Theatre/ACA in DC), and The Merry Wives of Windsor in Riverside Park.
Other directing credits include At War/The Iraq Project (Bleecker Street Theater/The Fire Dept) with original work by writers including Jose Rivera and Rajiv Joseph (with actors David Strathairn, Bobby Cannavale, Daniel Sunjata, Gloria Reuben, and Bebe Neuwirth), Naked in a Fishbowl (Cherry Lane), Janine Carter's radio play for NPR What Light From Darkness Grows with Phylicia Rashad and Harry Lennix (Gracie Allen Award), Adopt a Sailor by Charles Evered with Sam Waterston and Liev Schreiber (Town Hall), The Minotaur by Anna Ziegler with Jill Clayburgh, Mario Cantone, Ethan Peck, and Campbell Scott (The Fire Dept), the US premiere of Me Cago en Dios by Inigo Ramirez de Haro (La MaMa), and her adaptation of Milorad Pavic's epic novel about the Abrahamic faiths, Dictionary of the Khazars (Williamstown, Yale, Culture Project).
As a director/choreographer of musical theatre, her credits include the premiere of Max and the Truffle Pig (New York Musical Theatre Festival), City of Angels (University at Buffalo), and development workshops of a new musical adaptation of Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities (DeKennessey) with Melissa Errico and Chuck Cooper. Interdisciplinary music-theatre pieces for which she also created the script include More Between Heaven and Earth with Matthew Modine, Melissa Errico, and Kathleen Chalfant (which included the US premiere of operatic compositions by the 18th century composer Antonio Sacchini and which will be remounted in December 2013) and Exodus: Dreams of the Promised Land with the vocal ensemble The Western Wind, both for Salon/Sanctuary.
She was the inaugural recipient of the SDCF's Live-on-Screen Fellowship for on-camera directing, was a Drama League Directors Project and Senior Boris Sagal Directing Fellow, and is one of the Founding Artistic Directors of The Fire Dept Theatre Co (www.thefiredept.org). She has taught Shakespeare and Classical Acting, Voice and Speech, Mask, Stage Combat, Movement (Butoh, Lecoq), Directing and Stage Composition, Absurdist Theatre, and Michael Chekhov Technique at institutions including Yale, Fordham, Bard, Pace, NYU, The NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and the O'Neill National Theatre Institute.