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Erica Daniels

 
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Bio:
Before joining Victory Gardens Theater as Executive Director, Erica Daniels was President of Second City Theatricals where she shepherded the remount of The Art of Falling with Hubbard Street Dance Company, as well as Black Side of the Moon with Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Second City’s collaboration ... (read complete bio)
 
Erica Daniels Headshot

Bio:
Before joining Victory Gardens Theater as Executive Director, Erica Daniels was President of Second City Theatricals where she shepherded the remount of The Art of Falling with Hubbard Street Dance Company, as well as Black Side of the Moon with Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Second City’s collaboration ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2015]
Original Casting
 
[Broadway, 2009]
Casting
 
[Broadway, 2007]
Casting

 

Stage

Productions

[Broadway, 2015]
Original Casting

[Broadway, 2009]
Casting

[Broadway, 2007]
Casting

Erica Daniels Biography

Before joining Victory Gardens Theater as Executive Director, Erica Daniels was President of Second City Theatricals where she shepherded the remount of The Art of Falling with Hubbard Street Dance Company, as well as Black Side of the Moon with Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Second City’s collaboration with Slate on Unelectable You The Second City’s Completely Unbiased Political Revue, and The Second City’s Guide to America at The Kennedy Center.

Previously, Erica was The Associate Artistic Director at Steppenwolf Theatre Company.She joined the company in 2001 as the casting director and director of the School at Steppenwolf. Erica did the original casting for Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway production of Airline Highway, and the Broadway production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. She also cast the original production of August, Osage County (also for Broadway, The National Theatre of London and Sydney Theatre Company) and the Broadway production of Superior Donuts.

Prior to that, Erica worked as an agent for Geddes, Arlene Wilson and Shirley Hamilton, and spent a year as The Theatre Department Coordinator at William Morris in New York. Working under George Lane, she worked with such writers as John Patrick Shanley, Richard Greenberg, and Edward Albee and directors such as Michael Mayer, Robert Falls and Daniel Sullivan. Erica began her career as a casting assistant at Jane Brody Casting. She has freelanced with various Chicago companies, including Lookingglass, Collaboraction, and About Face. Erica cast the independent film Imperfections for Coin Op productions. Erica is the board president at Rivendell Theatre Company and is on the board of the League of Chicago Theatres. She holds a degree in Performance Studies from Northwestern.




Erica Daniels News

Erica Daniels to Exit Victory Gardens Following Protests Photo Erica Daniels to Exit Victory Gardens Following Protests
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 8, 2020

Theater Artists Transform Victory Gardens' Boarded Up Windows into Billboards During  Photo Theater Artists Transform Victory Gardens' Boarded Up Windows into Billboards During Protest
by Stephi Wild - Jun 7, 2020

In Chicago, over 100 members of the theatre community gathered at the Victory Gardens Theater to protest. Before the protest began, artists transformed the theater's boarded up windows into billboards.

Victory Gardens Theater Announces Free Seminar Series For Theater Professionals Photo Victory Gardens Theater Announces Free Seminar Series For Theater Professionals
by A.A. Cristi - May 19, 2020

Victory Gardens Theater outgoing Artistic Director Chay Yew, Executive Artistic Erica Daniels announce a free seminar series taught by Chicago artists and local arts leaders designed to aid those whose ability to work has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics cover virtual auditions, creating a home-recording studio, and how to handle income and taxes during this time.

Victory Gardens Announces IGNITION 2020 Photo Victory Gardens Announces IGNITION 2020
by A.A. Cristi - May 18, 2020

Victory Gardens Theater outgoing Artistic Director Chay Yew, Executive Artistic Erica Daniels announce the lineup for the 2020 IGNITION Festival of New Plays, including Black Like Me by Monty Cole, North Star by Georgette Kelly, Last Hermanos by Exal Iraheta, and Pivot by Alex Lubischer. The annual festival of new plays, now online for Summer 2020, will run from mid-June to mid-July with free readings of four new plays from Chicago playwrights on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm. Each reading will be followed by a a?oeCoffee with the Creatorsa?? chat at noon the following day.

John Logan, Will Arbery and More to Take Part in Victory Gardens Theater's YOUR WORLD Photo John Logan, Will Arbery and More to Take Part in Victory Gardens Theater's YOUR WORLD OFF STAGE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 7, 2020

Victory Gardens Theater has announced Your World Off Stage, an online conversation series with artists from the upcoming 2020/2021 season and members of the VG Playwrights Ensemble.

Victory Gardens Theater Announces New Management Model; Erica Daniels Named Executive Photo Victory Gardens Theater Announces New Management Model; Erica Daniels Named Executive Artistic Director
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2020

The Victory Gardens Theater Board of Directors today announced a new management design for the 46 year-old institution. When Artistic Director Chay Yew departs at the end of June, Victory Gardens will adjust its executive structure to include the newly-created positions of Executive Artistic Director and more.

Regional Spotlight: How Victory Gardens Theater is Working Through The Global Health  Photo Regional Spotlight: How Victory Gardens Theater is Working Through The Global Health Crisis
by Stephi Wild - Apr 24, 2020

Today, we're checking in with Victory Gardens Theater, with Erica Daniels, Executive Director.

Victory Gardens Announces 2020-2021 Season Including Four Premieres Photo Victory Gardens Announces 2020-2021 Season Including Four Premieres
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 22, 2020

Victory Gardens Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Executive Director Erica Daniels, announces the lineup for its 2020a?"2021 Season. Victory Gardens' 46th Season will include the Chicago premiere of Poor Yella Rednecks by Qui Nguyen; the world premiere of In Every Generation by Ali Viterbi; the acclaimed Chicago play Exit Strategy by Ike Holter; the Chicago premiere of cullud wattah by Erika Dickerson-Despenza, and the Chicago premiere of Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Will Arbery.

Mary Ann Thebus And Michael And Mona Heath To Receive 2020 Corona Award Photo Mary Ann Thebus And Michael And Mona Heath To Receive 2020 Corona Award
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 21, 2020

Eclipse Theatre Company announces the recipient of 2020's Eleventh Annual Corona Award: Mary Ann Thebus and Michael and Mona Heath. The Corona Award honors individuals and organizations which play an important role in supporting and nurturing the growth of the Chicago theatre community as well as small- to medium-sized theatres like Eclipse Theatre.

Chay Yew Will Depart as Victory Gardens Artistic Director at End of Season Photo Chay Yew Will Depart as Victory Gardens Artistic Director at End of Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 5, 2019

The Victory Gardens Theater Board of Directors and Artistic Director Chay Yew today announce plans for Yew's departure from Victory Gardens at the end of the 2019-20 Season. An internationally renowned stage director and playwright, Yew has been the Artistic Director of Victory Gardens since July 2011. Yew will finish his ninth and final season through June 2020, and will pursue personal projects upon leaving the theater.

Erica Daniels Videos

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Steppenwolf's GRAND CONCOURSE
by Stage Tube - Jul 13, 2015

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of Grand Concourse, a play full of both humor and heart by Heidi Schreck. Directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov, the cast features ensemble members Francis Guinan and Tim Hopper sharing the role of Frog and Mariann Mayberry as Shelley with Brittany Uomoleale as Emma and Victor Almanzar as Oscar.  Check out a sneak peek below!

BWW TV: First Look at Highlights of Steppenwolf's World Premiere of THE WAY WEST
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 21, 2014

Chicago audiences depart for the country's western edge to experience the reality of the modern-day American dream in the world premiere of Mona Mansour's funny and insightful new play, The Way West, at Steppenwolf TheatreCompany. Ensemble member Amy Morton is at the helm following her Tony Award-nominated portrayal of Martha in Steppenwolf's production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on Broadway. The cast of six features Ira Amyx, ensemble member Martha Lavey, Caroline Neff, Deirdre O'Connell, Zoe Perry and Gabriel Ruiz. The Way West opens April 13 and runs through June 8, 2014 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Check out a first look at highlights below!

STAGE TUBE: 'Would You Change the Past?' and More Questions Asked of Celebrities at Opening Night of CTG's A PARALLELOGRAM
by Stage Tube - Aug 1, 2013

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Bruce Norris' new play "A Parallelogram," directed by the Tony Award-winning Anna D. Shapiro, opens Sunday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. The darkly comic new play continues through August 18, 2013. (Preview performances started July 10.)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with Bruce Norris' A PARALLELOGRAM at CTG - Marin Ireland, Carlo Alban and More!
by Stage Tube - Jul 19, 2013

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Bruce Norris' new play "A Parallelogram," directed by the Tony Award-winning Anna D. Shapiro, opens Sunday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. The darkly comic new play continues through August 18, 2013. (Preview performances started July 10.) Click below to go behind the scenes with the cast and creative team!

STAGE TUBE: Trailer - Steppenwolf Theatre's THE BIRTHDAY PARTY
by Stage Tube - Mar 21, 2013

Below, check out the newly released trailer for Steppenwolf's production of The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter! The Birthday Party is directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton and features ensemble members Ian Barford, Francis Guinan, Moira Harris and John Mahoney with Marc Grapey and Sophia Sinise.