The important stuff:
Erica has a stunning family. Her friends are second to none. She loves taking photos, hiking and running trails and mountains, swimming outside in natural water of any kind, and drinking red wine. She wants to look at the sky and away from social media. She wants to be kinder than she was yesterday. She is good at squeezing, and laughing loudly, but isn't a fan of board games. She might beat you at HORSE. She can play the cello, but wishes she were as good as she was at 17. She will never sing at a family gathering.
Erica Steinhagen is a theater actor and voice teacher based in Ithaca, NY. She is as much of a city mouse as a country mouse, and has spent many years either living in, or commuting to NYC. It is truly her beloved second home. Erica’s recent performing credits include What Happens Next (Bella), The Snow Queen (title role), and White Rabbit Red Rabbit with the Cherry Theatre Company, Hand to God (Margery) at the Kitchen Theatre Company, Stage Kiss (SHE) at the Cider Mill Playhouse, The Best of Kathy and Mo with the Civic Ensemble (with whom she also did Wider than the Sky, and Antigone), and Quartmermaine’s Terms with the Homecoming Players.
Erica premiered her one-woman cabaret Imagine My Surprise at the Hangar Theatre in 2012 and then reworked and revamped it for new audiences in 2017 at the Firehouse Stage in Binghamton, NY, and again for the Cherry Arts audiences in Ithaca. In NYC, she had the honor of being a part of the The Metropolis Opera Company’s world premiere electronica opera One Hot Kitchen. Favorite theatre credits include Dana in the world premiere of Ever So Humble by Tim Pinckney at the Hangar Theatre Company (truly, a life-changing, and deeply humbling experience); Ludmilla in Polly Pen's stunning opera Bed and Sofa; Melissa in the world premiere of The Drunken City by Adam Bock at the Kitchen Theatre Company; and The Unfortunates, a one-woman play by prolific and award-winning playwright Aoise Stratford, featuring Erica portraying 18 characters.
Additional delightful theatrical experiences include Precious Nonsense (Josephine); Bed No Breakfast (Chance); Tony and the Soprano (Frances, a role written expressly for Erica); Dario Fo’s We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! (Margherita); Nora (Christine Linde); The Servant of Two Masters (Smeraldina); The Sound of Music (Sister Margaretta); Cats (Jellylorum); Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts); an 8-person version of My Fair Lady; The Drowsy Chaperone (Saucy Maid, Lady reporter, etc.); and several Gilbert and Sullivan and operatic ingenues.
Beyond the footlights, Erica can be seen in the web series Chanticleer and the short film Poker Face by award-winning filmmaker Becky Lane. Her voice can be heard all over the place on radio and TV spots, and you can listen to her voiceover demo here!
Erica has been teaching private voice lessons since 2002, and runs the Erica Steinhagen Voice Studio in Ithaca, NY. She absolutely cannot believe her good fortune, and adores her students like mad. They teach her every day (to be dreadfully cliché), and remind her to keep preaching that this crazy business can indeed be saturated with kindness and respect. She insists on it, in fact.
Erica is a graduate of the Ithaca College School of Music. She has trained with some of the best vocal pedagogues in the country, specifically regarding musical theatre belting and vocal cross-training for today's demands on young performers. Huge gratitude to the Bel Canto can Belto team at Penn State University. She has offered audition and performance workshops privately, at Ithaca College, and in NYC. (She offers audition coachings privately and in workshop form regularly - contact her for rates and availability.)
Erica is incredibly honored and excited to be a founding company member of The Cherry Artspace collective. Please read more about it, and take a look at the amazing work happening in our brand new and beautiful space on Cherry Street in Ithaca.
Proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.