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  • Profile:

    Erica Fae brings stories of powerful, radical women from history to stage & screen.  Her first feature film (as writer/director) To Keep the Light is a narrative inspired by true stories of women lighthouse keepers in the 1860's.  It screened in over 20 festivals and won the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize/International Critics Prize at the Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, and also won Best of Show Award (Bendfilm), 2 Best Narrative Feature Awards (Ojai & Port Townsend), Best Emerging Director Award (St. Louis Int'l Film Festival), and 2 Best Cinematography Awards (Woods Hole & Las Vegas).  Other festivals included Vancouver Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, Florida Film Fetival, and Nashville Film Festival.  Fae's shorts have won Best Short and Best Actress prizes, and her play (co-written with Jill A. Samuels), Take What Is Yours on suffragist Alice Paul, and was a Critics' Pick in The New York Times and Backstage.    As actor, she's had recurring roles on HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Doll & Em, and has performed in numerous films & theatre productions (among them Synecdoche New York, Little Children, The Savages and work with Martha Clarke) .  She is co-founder of a theatre company "anecdota", which is in a two-year residency at IRT/The New OHIO in their "Archive Residency" program.  Fae is in development on her second feature film, which was invited to participate in the inaugural Finance Lab of the Mayor's Office of NYC; and she also teaches Physical Acting at Yale School of Drama and The New School for Drama's MFA Programs, and Directing Actors at Columbia's MFA Film Program.  

    Degrees Held:

    BFA in Acting from New York University

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    Recent Publications:

    Article in Filmmaker Magazine

    Current Courses:

    Grotowski 1

    Grotowski 2