Eric Sanders is a writer/producer/director whose work pushes the boundaries of comedy, horror, and speculative fiction. He is currently finishing up a geopolitical thriller TV pilot script and a promo episode for a comedy series. His short film debut, “Cold Fusion,” about the lengths a married couple will go to to get pregnant, is in post-production.
He is the author of over twenty plays. Eric is known for having helped reinvigorate the ‘horror theater’ genre in New York with his productions of “Dread Awakening,” “The Wendigo,” “Oblivia,” “Candle Party/Knife Party,” and “Lords of Chaos.” His ‘fightsical’ “Last Life” was praised for pioneering the “action theater” genre. And his sold-out production of “fuckplays,” a series of sex-themed plays, was called “provocative,” “outrageous,” and “hilarious” by critics.
He has presented work with companies and at venues such as Soho Think Tank, Working Man’s Clothes, Stompinground Theatre Company, Vagabond Theatre Ensemble, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Primary Stages, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The Brick Theater, NYC Fringe Festival, The Internationalists, The Debate Society, Horse Trade, Studio 42, Dalliance Theatre, Vampire Cowboys, Psycho Clan, AndHow! Theatre Company, Cardboard Box Collaborative, Adobe Theatre Company, the Sam French Festival, The Kraine Theater, The Firehouse Space, ISSUE Project Room, The Gregory Berger Studio Theater (LA), The Ohio Theatre, The Interborough Repertory Theater, The Theatre at St. Peter’s, The American Theatre of Actors, The Medicine Show Theatre, The Gene Frankel Theater, The Abrons Art Center, American Place Theater, La Tea Theatre, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Theaterlab, The Wings Theatre, The Battle Ranch, The Plays & Players Theatre (Philadelphia), Jimmy’s No. 43, The Connelly Theatre, and NOHO Event Center. He also wrote and designed a New York Times-acclaimed room for the biggest haunted house in New York City, “Nightmare: Haunted House.”
Eric is a co-founder of Round Seven Films, for which wrote the darkly surreal “Karaoke King” (Official Selection, 2015 NYC International Film Festival) and developed and produced the thriller “Ante Mortem” (Best Short, Act Film Festival 2015), “Served Raw,” and “Socks.”
On Broadway, Eric was the Associate Producer to Robert Ahrens on the Tony Award-nominated musical “Xanadu” as well as the Assistant to the Producer Jeffrey Richards on the Tony Award-winning productions of “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “The Pajama Game,” “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial,” and “Enchanted April.” Off Broadway, he was the Associate Producer of Clay McLeod Chapman's and Kyle Jarrow's hit indie rock musical “Hostage Song."
He recently co-wrote and directed the “Incarnate-Encarna” music video for the jazz artist Colette Michaan and co-wrote the “quite odd and awesomely creepy” video for “Burn Me, I Thirst for Fire” by the heavy metal band Sabbath Assembly (#2 heavy metal music video of 2015, MetalRiot). Eric also co-created and hosted episodes of the top 15 iTunes podcast “Think Again” with Jason Gots of Big Think, featuring interviews with science luminary Brian Greene and Freakonomics author Stephen Dubner.
Eric studied acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and with legendary drama teacher Wynn Handman, honed his acting, writing, and directing skills at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and graduated from NYU’s Digital Filmmaking Program.