Erica holds a BA in Music Theatre from BAPA, with over 20 years of experience acting for stage and screen.
Her recent screen work includes supporting roles in the feature films The Unlit and Out of Order and on stage in two sold-out seasons of Untitled, or the Seat of Narcissa, at both La Mama and La Mama Courthouse in Melbourne.
Whilst in London for 7 years, she was a core ensemble member of International Theatre Company, Foreign Affairs, with performances including A Doll’s House, The Applicants, and A Night of Affairs and Waiting for Shakespeare, directed by renowned Portuguese director, Claudio Hochman.
She trained extensively in the Meisner technique with Scott Williams at The Impulse Company UK and following mentorship with Scott, now teaches for The Impulse Company Australia.
Erica has spent years studying dance, circus and physical theatre with luminaries such as Marcello Magni (Complicité), Neil Bettles (ThickSkin, Frantic Assembly) and Fiona Watson (Tangled Feet). She taught physical theatre and circus at The National Centre for Circus Arts and in 2013 became 1 of 2 trainers in the UK selected and mentored by Cirque Du Soleil to deliver their Social Circus Training program.
Erica was a choreographer in a previous life, with highlights including The Australasian Premiere of A New Brain for Blackbird Productions, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Falsettos, Wicked for BLOC and the 2010-2011 UK Tour of Girls Night The Musical, by Louise Roche for Goodnights Entertainment.
“The humour and wit of Chapman’s writing is immediate and doesn’t stall for a single moment, aided by a strong and energetic cast whose comic timing and delivery had the audience cackling from beginning to end.”
— Theatre Press, 2016
© Erica Chestnut 2020