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erica fae

filmmaker - theatre maker - actor - teacher

“... a purity of style, a remarkable sense of place and time,

that seems long matured and yet the beginning of something new

and exciting... the revelation of a new directing talent.”

                                                                                       - camera lucida



Erica Fae brings radical stories from history onto the stage and screen. Her first feature film as writer/director/producer/actor, To Keep the Light (on a woman lighthouse keeper in the 1860s), was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize (International Critics’ Prize/Mannheim), Best Director (Berlin Indp), Best of Show (BendFilm), Best Emerging Director (St. Louis Int’l), 2 Best Narrative Feature Awards (Ojai and Port Townsend), and 2 Best Cinematography Awards (Woods Hole & Las Vegas). It also screened at Vancouver Int’l Film Fest, and was nominated for festival prizes at Woodstock, Florida, Nashville, New Hampshire, Filmfest DC, and Salento (Italy).  She also won Best Short and Best Actress prizes for her short, Christine 1403; and her play, Take What Is Yours (on suffragist Alice Paul) was named a Critics’ Pick in The New York Times and Backstage.  Her recent play, Saved Again and by Him - based on and interrogating Sarah Wakefield's 1860 memoir from the Dakota Uprising - premiered at the New Ohio, NYC.  She is on the acting faculty at the Yale School of Drama, has taught Directing Actors at Columbia's Grad Film Program and The Film Academy Baden-Württemberg (Germany), and taught physical acting at NYU's Tisch and The New School.  She wrote on Directing Actors for Filmmaker Magazine, and was a guest panelist at Sundance on filmmaking and social justice.  To Keep the Light is distributed by Gravitas (US/Canada) and Flix Premiere (UK/France), and is available on Amazon Prime.  She's currently in development on her second feature, which was selected to participate in NYC's MOME finance lab, and was a finalist for NYWIFT's Ravenal grant.


"beautifully shot, building tension against the harsh landscape... fae proves to be a true, new talent." - nashville scene

"a truly exquisite film" -vox magazine

"gorgeously shot and intimately written... mesmerizing... it’s easy to see why fae has rightfully been anointed as an emerging talent." - the washingtonian

“like a shimmering light through the fog...

she delivers a layered and restrained performance,

deconstructing the inner workings of a strong, sensual and stoic woman

bumping up against the glass ceiling of her time.”- vancouver int’l ff




Roles on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (recurring), Random Acts of Flyness, and Doll & Em. Other credits include: First Reformed, Synecdoche New York, The Savages, Little Children, Please Give, The Music Never Stops, Frank the Bastard,'s Hollow, FBI, Person of Interest, and Law & Order.  She also worked for a month as a rehearsal actress with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Charlie Kaufman on Synecdoche.  



Erica's original work includes Saved Again and by Him, Take What Is Yours (co-written with Jill A. Samuels), A Girl Joan, Dreaming de Pizan, and Until Now.  Work with Martha Clarke includes Vienna Lusthaus; Revisited, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Hans Christian Andersen collectively at NYTW, The Kennedy Center, A.R.T., A.C.T., The Walker Arts Center.  Other performer-as-collaborator works include Genoa 01 (developed at Robert Wilson’s Watermill), Fire Throws/Antigone (with Ripe Time, playing Antigone), and many others.


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thanks for your interest

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