PCPA Actor Training - Resident Faculty
Professional Artists with a Passion to Teach

Erik Stein* – Casting Director, Actor, Ghost of Christmas Present, A Christmas Carol

PCPA: Actor: Shadow, My Fairytale; Hook, Peter Pan; Belling, Curtains; Lockstock, Urinetown; Javert, Les Misérables; Marcellus, The Music Man; Playwright, Enter the Guardsmen; Rounding Third, Wonderful Town, Crazy for You, Little Shop of Horrors; Director: Songs for a New World, Art

Broadway: Charity Man, A Christmas Carol (directed by Susan Stroman).

Off-Broadway: Stephens, Captains Courageous (Manhattan Theatre Club); Chief, Johnny Johnson (York Theatre Company).

Regional Theatres: Goodspeed, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Geva Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Black Hills Playhouse,  Sierra Repertory Theatre, Beef&Boards Dinner Theatre, Great American Melodrama.

Film: Jerry, A Fish Tale; Ten Years Later.

Other Credits: Founding member of the Alaska Shakespeare Festival & The California Cabaret Theatre.

Erik Stein* Urinetown 2007

  I like the passion of conservatory students, and I like their bravery. These are students who feel no need for a safety net.

Actors are hunters of truth. They must be taught by those who have held a bow and faced the lion. For twenty-five years I have had amazing mentors. I want to take what they have given me and pass it on. I want to be the mentor who will help you up when you fall and insist you leap again. My job is to teach you the rules, and then encourage you to break them.

The conservatory students force me to simplify. I must be able to define what it is I do, and I am better when I can define it simply. When I can reduce a task, a scene, a character to its very essence, I am propelled into a specificity that makes me not just a better teacher, but a better actor, a better director – a better artist.