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Erin Flowers

Erin approaches each student with care and openness, recognizing their innate greatness, unique gifts and unique challenges. Her approach is to get out of the way and let something bigger than herself guide each student towards artistic and personal expansion and expression. She believes everyone is an artist. And that all human beings have the capacity to make a difference in the world by caring for one another. She opens the hearts and minds of her students to see past their own limitations and past the limitations of others; empowering them to seek and be: truth, freedom, joy and greatness. She loves what she does! …Feels blessed, honored and grateful to do it. She looks forward to every class; who will show up, how it will unfold and what it will reveal to her students and herself about acting, artistry and living.

Erin’s teaching method has evolved out of her artistic and life experiences. And it continues to evolve, as she does, every day. She lives the practical philosophy, “When I move in my life, I move in my art. When I move in my art, I move in my life,” and is constantly striving to better herself as an artist and person through daily disciplined & courageous action.

Daughter of an avant-garde actress/dancer, Erin was exposed to such raw talents as the then undiscovered Whoopi Goldberg & other lesser known, but non-the-less brilliant artists of the S.F. Bay Area. As early as she can remember, Erin was soaking in acting, writing and dance through osmosis and eager participation. At 17, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts offered her a full merit scholarship and advanced placement in their acting program. She went on to dance & teach professionally in NYC and abroad, including at the esteemed American Dance Festival. Erin met (now Open Door Acting’s Artistic Director) Carl Stillitano, when she was cast opposite him in an Off-Off B’way Production of The Italian American Reconciliation, over 15 years ago. Erin now runs Open Door Acting, teaching all of its weekly classes since 2011 and managing it’s day to day operations since 2005. She was the production manager responsible for the re-opening of the Jan Hus Playhouse in 2009. And has produced all of it’s shows since 2012.

Some of her work credits are: Jenna in Independent film “Life Happens”, reporter in independent film, “Stone Cold Killers”,  various roles and choreography credits for NYU/NYFA student films, writer/performer of 100’s of “custom-made raps” for children’s theatrical birthday parties, credited lyricist for the musical “By Way of Venus”, actress supporting creative development of the play “The Donut Shop” and lead roles in “Out of Nowhere”, Mame, You Can’t Take it with You, ‘Dentity Crisis, Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in The Universe, Lesbian Bathhouse & Plate of Shrimp. She won an Honorary writing Emmy for her help with Sesame Street and “Best Female Scene” award at The Cal State Hayward Shakespeare Festival. Her first playwright endeavor is, “THE LESBIAN & THE HITMAN”, a one-woman show, that chronicles her unique and inspiring life journey.

Erin’s studied acting with: Racey Wright, Ruth Zapporah, Jerry Brody, Dena Levy, John Le Fan, Stephen Rappaport, Pat Washburn, Alice Spivack, Bruce Ducat, various teachers at the Drama Studio of London at Berkeley, Signature Modelling School, Chicago’s Second City Theatre Co., Mummenschanz Theatre and more.

Erin Flowers

Erin approaches each student with care and openness, recognizing their innate greatness, unique gifts and unique challenges. Her approach is to get out of the way and let something bigger than herself guide each student towards artistic and personal expansion and expression. She believes everyone is an artist. And that all human beings have the capacity to make a difference in the world by caring for one another. She opens the hearts and minds of her students to see past their own limitations and past the limitations of others; empowering them to seek and be: truth, freedom, joy and greatness. She loves what she does! …Feels blessed, honored and grateful to do it. She looks forward to every class; who will show up, how it will unfold and what it will reveal to her students and herself about acting, artistry and living.

Erin’s teaching method has evolved out of her artistic and life experiences. And it continues to evolve, as she does, every day. She lives the practical philosophy, “When I move in my life, I move in my art. When I move in my art, I move in my life,” and is constantly striving to better herself as an artist and person through daily disciplined & courageous action.

Daughter of an avant-garde actress/dancer, Erin was exposed to such raw talents as the then undiscovered Whoopi Goldberg & other lesser known, but non-the-less brilliant artists of the S.F. Bay Area. As early as she can remember, Erin was soaking in acting, writing and dance through osmosis and eager participation. At 17, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts offered her a full merit scholarship and advanced placement in their acting program. She went on to dance & teach professionally in NYC and abroad, including at the esteemed American Dance Festival. Erin met (now Open Door Acting’s Artistic Director) Carl Stillitano, when she was cast opposite him in an Off-Off B’way Production of The Italian American Reconciliation, over 15 years ago. Erin now runs Open Door Acting, teaching all of its weekly classes since 2011 and managing it’s day to day operations since 2005. She was the production manager responsible for the re-opening of the Jan Hus Playhouse in 2009. And has produced all of it’s shows since 2012.

Some of her work credits are: Jenna in Independent film “Life Happens”, reporter in independent film, “Stone Cold Killers”,  various roles and choreography credits for NYU/NYFA student films, writer/performer of 100’s of “custom-made raps” for children’s theatrical birthday parties, credited lyricist for the musical “By Way of Venus”, actress supporting creative development of the play “The Donut Shop” and lead roles in “Out of Nowhere”, Mame, You Can’t Take it with You, ‘Dentity Crisis, Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in The Universe, Lesbian Bathhouse & Plate of Shrimp. She won an Honorary writing Emmy for her help with Sesame Street and “Best Female Scene” award at The Cal State Hayward Shakespeare Festival. Her first playwright endeavor is, “THE LESBIAN & THE HITMAN”, a one-woman show, that chronicles her unique and inspiring life journey.

Erin’s studied acting with: Racey Wright, Ruth Zapporah, Jerry Brody, Dena Levy, John Le Fan, Stephen Rappaport, Pat Washburn, Alice Spivack, Bruce Ducat, various teachers at the Drama Studio of London at Berkeley, Signature Modelling School, Chicago’s Second City Theatre Co., Mummenschanz Theatre and more.

Erin Flowers

Acting / Dance / Writing / Teaching resume

SAG Eligible

THEATER

Over 30 Improvised PLAYS &/or THEMED SCENE NIGHTS  — Various lead roles — The Producer’s Club / Jan Hus Playhouse Theatre, NYC

The Donut Shop — Erin with an “E” — Arc-Light Theatre

Out of Nowhere — The Kid — Producer’s Club

Italian American Reconciliation — Janice — Producer’s Club

Romeo & Juliet — Juliet — Producer’s Club

Lesbian Bathhouse — Jane — WOW Theatre, NYC

The Seagull — Nina — Producer’s Club

Media — Media — ETW Theatre, Tisch School of the Arts

‘Dentity Crisis — Jane — Julia Morgan Theatre, CA

Applicant — Interviewer — Julia Morgan Theatre, CA

Search for Signs for Intelligent Life in the UNIVERSE — Agnus Agnst — Ice House Theatre, CA

Museum — Various — Julia Morgan Theatre, CA

School is Hell — Various — Julia Morgan Theatre, CA

Mame — Pageen — Berkeley Community Theatre

You Can’t Take It With You — Alice — Berkeley Community Theatre

As You Like It — Celia (Best Female Scene Award) — Cal State Univ of East Bay Shakespeare Festival/Contest

Plate of Shrimp — Various — Mariposa St. Theatre, Ca

The Wizard of Loz Angeles — Dancer/Singer — Albany High School, Ca

Albany Graffitti — Dancer/Singer — Albany High School, Ca

FILM & TV

Life Happens — Jenna — SDW Productions

Ten-13 — Dancer/Waitress — Lakeside Productions

Mickey Blue Eyes — Featured Wedding Guest — Elizabeth Hurley Prod.

New York Under Cover — Featured Extra — Fox TV

Various Student Films — Lead Roles — NYU, NYFA, SF State

The One O’clock Movie — Co-Host — TV-20, SF Ca

Signature Models Commercial — Various — TV-20, SF Ca

DANCER / CHOREOGRAPHER / TEACHER

Phyllis Rose Company — Dancer/Teacher — NYC, tri-state area touring 3 plus years

Cathy Ward Dance Company — Dancer/Teacher — NYC based, U.S. & European tours 2 plus years

Erick Hawkins Dance Company — Apprentice/Student — NYC 3 plus years

Trish Doherty Dance Company — Dancer — NYC various shows

Julia Morgan Theatre — Choreographer / Apprentice — Berkeley Ca 1 plus year

BHS Dance Production — Dancer / Choreographer — Berkeley Community Theatre

Dance Concert at Harlem Stages NYC (V is for Vanity Number) — Dancer — Johnny P. Dancer’s

Local Child Talent Contest winner — Dancer / Choreographer — Bay Area California

Now That You’ve Seen Me Naked — Choreographer — Times Square Theatre, NYC

Various NYU Films — Choreographer — NYC

Affairs of the Family (play) — Choreographer — SEVA Productions

TEN-13 (feature film) — Choreographer — SEVA Productions

Andre Bernard Kinesiology Course — Demonstrator — Wildhaus, Switzerland

Teacher &/or Assistant at 92 nd St Y, Yeshiva University, St. Bart’s College, Limerick University of Ireland, ADF at Duke University, ETC

WRITER

The Lesbian & The Hitman, One-Woman Show (unproduced) — Writer / Actor

By Way of Venus, Fairy Tale for Adults with Songs (unproduced) — Co-Lyricist

Rap / Spoken Word — Resident Writer-writing & performing over 100 rap songs for Theatrical Kids Birthday Co. — ACTINGWORKS NYC

Sesame Street, Awarded Honorary Emmy for contributing to lead writer Josh Selig’s work — Contributing Writer

Wham Bam Thank You MAM, A collection of unpublished Spoken Word Poetry and Raps — Writer

ACTING TEACHER

NYC Resident Teacher at Open Door Acting since March 2011. Teaching all weekly classes, privates and workshops. As well as guest teaching since 2005.

Assistant at all Open Door Acting Workshops since March 1998 to Present… 5,000 plus hours of Workshops

Teaching / Directing / Choreographing / Acting Apprenticeship at Drama Studio of London at Berkeley 1988-89

ARTISTIC SCHOLARSHIPS / AWARDS

“Actor’s Merit Scholarship” ($10,000) to study acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. And awarded advanced placement in program.

“Actor’s Merit Scholarship” ($10,000) to study acting at Manhattan Marymount College, NYC.

Honorary Writing Emmy for contributing to lead writer Josh Selig’s work on TV Show SESAME STREET in 1990.

Best Female Scene at Cal State University of East Bay Shakespeare Festival/Contest playing Celia in As You Like It.

ACTING TRAINING 30 plus years

NYC: Carl Stillitano, Jerry Brody, Dena Levy, Alice Spivak, Racey Wright, Experimental Theatre Wing @ NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts BFA program

CA: Whoppi Goldberg, Bruce Ducat, Stephen Rappaport, John Le Fan, Ruth Zapporah/Action Theatre, Drama Studio of London at Berkeley, Pat Washburn, Signature Modeling School, Chicago’s Second City Theatre Co., Mummenschanz Theatre Group, and others.

DANCE TRAINING 30 plus years

NYC: Steps, Perry Dance…Marguerite Wesley, James Irvin, Erick Hawkins Dance Co., Zvi Gotheiner, Christine Wright, Cathy Ward, NYU Tisch School of the Arts B.F.A. Program and various

CA: John Le Fan, Freddie Long, Cazedero Jazz, BHS various, Y gymnastics and various

OTHER TRAINING

Qi Gong – Master Course in Bejing China

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