Erik Austin began his diverse career at the young age of five dressing up family member and putting on “basement shows” for his neighbors. A native of Indiana, Erik and his family moved to San Luis Obispo, CA where he and his sister, Kelley formed their own Theater Company Kelrik Productions at the age of 13. After graduating in Musical Theater at The American Musical and Dramatic Academyin New York City, Erik and his Company took the plunge to the big city of Los Angeles in 1997 with the simple purpose of providing quality theater and youth workshops. Some 20 years from it’s beginnings, Kelrikis still continuing it’s efforts. Under Erik’s Artistic Direction the Company has received numerous awards including a very special award from the Senate of California for excellent Children’s Services. Kelrik was also voted “Best Children’s Theater” in Los Angeles in 2000, by LA Parent Magazine. When not producing shows, Erik is busy teaching workshops throughout the state of California and Montessori Children’s Schools inviting students into an exiting and nurturing environment in which they may explore the power of theater and their own imaginations. As a performer, Erik’s Off-Broadway credits includeI Love A Pianoand Waiting for Godotwhere he played the role of Lucky. Other favorite roles in theater include The Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Linus in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, the title role in Aladdin, Jack in Intothe Woods and Marvin in Enter Laughing.
I love teaching. There are few things as rewarding as being a part of a students development and their personal victories. Many of my students have achieved notable representation and consistently work. Other students are simply pursuing acting as a passion or a tool to gain confidence. Whether it's audition prep or personal development, if you bring the drive, I promise to get you to your goals ... oh, and we'll have a lot of fun on the way. After all, it's called a "play" for a reason.
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