ERIC LOCKLEY is a native of Maryland, but currently a Harlem, NYC based actor, playwright, and producer. As a writer his full length works in development include Blacken the Bubble, an “affirmative action comedy” that examines identity politics in the workplace (received a workshop production in Harlem in 2012) and Without Trace, a conspiracy theory thriller about an inner city family experiencing apocalyptic America. MPAACT Theater will mount the world premiere production of Without Trace in Chicago April 17 – June 1 2014. Eric has also written and performed two solo shows: Last Laugh (NYU-ETW, LaMaMa Etc., PS122), which explores what happens when two black performers begin to confuse performance and reality, and Asking For More (Theater for the New City, Harlem Stage), a show that looks at eating habits and health issues in urban communities. Short plays include, The Sad Secret Sex Life of Steve Urkel (The Fire This Time Festival), S.O.S. Please Somebody Help Me (The Movement Theatre Company), and Process of Elimination (Ugly Rhino Productions). In 2013 the non-profit organization Caring Across Generations commissioned Eric to write a PSA for the launch of a new campaign. Eric’s contribution entitled, “My Harlem” was performed by Tony nominated actress/writer Micki Grant.
As an actor Eric most recently performed in the world premiere production of Black Odyssey written by Marcus Gardley and directed by Obie Winner Chay Yew. Additional stage credits include: The Colored Museum, Cato, The Winter's Tale and SPUNK. Additionally Eric can be seen on MTV's half-hour comedy show, Failosophy. Eric's work in the theater has garnered him the support and mentorship of esteemed director, producer and founder of New Federal Theatre, Woodie King Jr. In 2012 Eric received the high honor of being a Theatre Hall of Fame Fellowship Grant recipient and a National Theater Conference Emerging Professional Awardee. As a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a founding member of two theater organizations -The Movement Theatre Company and Harlem 9 - Eric continues to commit himself to creating and sharing the wonderfully diverse stories of his community.