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Erin Ortman

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Erin grew up in the mountains of Montana and now makes her home in New York City.

She moved to NYC after receiving a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. She spent her early years in New York teaching acting and serving as an intern at The Ensemble Studio Theatre. She remained at EST through 2005, directing and developing new plays as a member of Wet Lab.

She continued to teach and direct, eventually winning a position on the Acting Faculty at New York University, where she remained for five years as a core member of the acting faculty, directing multiple productions and industry showcases. Erin then received her MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College, where she focused on directing and devising new work. She is a member of The Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation.

Erin currently serves as The Curator of Theatrical Work at The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, she teaches on the faculties at New York University and The National Theatre Institute at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and works steadily as a freelance director in New York City and around the country.

Directing and new play development credits include: LAByrinth Theatre Company, Ars Nova, New Georges, Prospect Theater Company, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Roundabout Underground, NTI at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The Sheen Center for Thought at Culture, Pipeline Theatre Company, The Epstein Fellowship at New York Stage and Film, Pan Asian Rep, Dixon Place, The Weston Playhouse, The York Theatre, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, The Theatre Company at CAP21, New York University, Texas State University, CAP21 Conservatory and Sarah Lawrence College.

Teaching credits include New York University, The National Musical Theatre Institute at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Point Park University, The Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar College, The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, The Performing Arts Project, Broadway Classroom, Next Step Preparatory School, The Senior Conservatory at The Paper Mill Playhouse, Steps on Broadway, Grandstreet Theatre School Teen Conservatory, Education Director for The Play Group Theatre, and Co-Founder of The Wide Awake Theatre Project. She is a proud member of The Drama Club, a non-profit organization which provides theatre programming to incarcerated youths throughout the New York City area.