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Erik Forrest Jackson

 
Bio:
Raised in Texas and now living in Harlem, Erik’s a playwright, musical bookwriter and novelist. He’s the recipient of residency grants/fellowships at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Monson Arts, the Chulitna Lodge Research Institute, and the Johnny Mercer Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals. ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Raised in Texas and now living in Harlem, Erik’s a playwright, musical bookwriter and novelist. He’s the recipient of residency grants/fellowships at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Monson Arts, the Chulitna Lodge Research Institute, and the Johnny Mercer Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals. ... (read complete bio)

 

Erik Forrest Jackson Biography

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

Erik's adaptation of the Warner Bros. holiday classic Christmas in Connecticut (with co-bookwriter Patrick Pacheco, composer Jason Howland, and lyricist Amanda Yesnowitz) premieres at Goodspeed Musicals in November 2022. His 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; 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.

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.

Erik was the Playwright in Residence for the acclaimed troupe Theatre Couture. Their comic adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie premiered Off Broadway at New York’s P.S. 122, as did Doll, a 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 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.

In the publishing world, Erik spent more than a decade as an executive editor at Entertainment Weekly and InStyle. 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 Glamour, W, Real Simple, Town & Country, People, LIFE and Out, among others.





Erik Forrest Jackson News

DOG MAN: THE MUSICAL Limited Run to Open at New World Stages in March Photo DOG MAN: THE MUSICAL Limited Run to Open at New World Stages in March
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 4, 2023

TheaterWorksUSA  will bring  Dog Man: The Musical  back to New York, beginning its limited eight-week run on  March 4  through April 30 at New World Stages.

Video: First Look at CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT World Premiere at Goodspeed Musicals Photo Video: First Look at CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT World Premiere at Goodspeed Musicals
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 8, 2022

Get a first look at the world premiere of Christmas in Connecticut - A New Musical, running now through December 30 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn.

Goodspeed & The Garde to Present CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT Holiday Celebration Photo Goodspeed & The Garde to Present CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT Holiday Celebration
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 17, 2022

Two of Connecticut’s major non-profit arts organizations, the Garde Arts Center and Goodspeed Musicals, are collaborating to present a free regional event based on the Warner Bros. movie Christmas in Connecticut on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Garde Arts Center in downtown New London. 

Audrey Cardwell, Ed Dixon & More to Star in CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT World Premiere a Photo Audrey Cardwell, Ed Dixon & More to Star in CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT World Premiere at Goodspeed Musicals
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 4, 2022

Goodspeed Musicals has announced the cast for the world premiere of Christmas in Connecticut – A New Musical. The holiday-themed musical comedy that is sure to delight audiences will run from Nov. 18 – Dec. 30 at The Goodspeed.

Justin Cooley and Mira Nadon Win Clive Barnes Awards Photo Justin Cooley and Mira Nadon Win Clive Barnes Awards
by Stephi Wild - Sep 22, 2022

The Clive Barnes Foundation, under the leadership of Holly Jones and Lloyd Mayor, announced the winners of the 12th Annual Clive Barnes Awards.

Finalists Announced for Twelfth Annual Clive Barnes Awards Photo Finalists Announced for Twelfth Annual Clive Barnes Awards
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 6, 2022

The Clive & Valerie Barnes Foundation has announced the date for the 12th Annual Clive Barnes Awards. Hosted by New York 1's Frank DiLella, the presentation of the awards recognizing excellence in theater and dance will take place on Sunday, September 18th, 2022 at 3pm at the Westbeth Studio.

Goodspeed Musicals Announces World Premiere of CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT Photo Goodspeed Musicals Announces World Premiere of CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 1, 2022

Goodspeed Musicals announced today that it will produce the world premiere of Christmas in Connecticut – A New Musical this holiday season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn.

Celia Rose Gooding, Sophia Anne Caruso, Andrew Burnap & More Named Finalists for Cli Photo Celia Rose Gooding, Sophia Anne Caruso, Andrew Burnap & More Named Finalists for Clive Barnes Awards
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 25, 2020

The Clive Barnes Foundation, today announced finalists for the 10th Annual Clive Barnes Awards, recognizing excellence in Theater and Dance. According to the New York Times, the list includes Celia Rose Gooding (Jagged Little Pill), Sophia Anne Caruso (Beetlejuice), Andrew Burnap (The Inheritance), and Christopher Livingston (The Great Society) in the theatre category, and India Bradley, Roman Mejia, Kellie Drobnick, and Aran Bell in the dance category.

Edmund Donovan And Zoey Anderson Take Home Clive Barnes Awards Photo Edmund Donovan And Zoey Anderson Take Home Clive Barnes Awards
by Julie Musbach - Feb 11, 2019

The Clive Barnes Foundation, under the leadership of former Royal Ballet soloist Valerie Taylor-Barnes, awarded its prizes today for the 9th Annual Clive Barnes Awards, recognizing excellence in Theater and Dance, to Edmund Donovan (Theater, Lewiston/Clarkston) and Zoey Anderson (Dance, Parsons Dance). The awards were presented by Michael Novak, artistic director of Paul Taylor Dance Company and Tony-winner Beth Leavel, currently starring in Broadway's The Prom. The event, hosted by New York Post columnist and WOR radio personality Michael Riedel was held at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center.

TheaterWorksUSA to Adapt DOG MAN Series Into Family Musical Photo TheaterWorksUSA to Adapt DOG MAN Series Into Family Musical
by Julie Musbach - Jan 31, 2019

TheaterWorksUSA announces their newest partnership with Writers House and Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education, and media company, by securing the rights to adapt the worldwide bestseller DOG MAN by Dav Pilkey for the stage.