a professional actor/singer based in NYC, and I also spend a great deal of time directing and producing. People always ask me how I became an actor, and I really wish I could give an inspiring answer, like "my parents were artists and passed along the tradition" or "I use art to deal with a difficult childhood." Instead, I have to sheepishly admit:
I was really good at memorizing movies, and when my local youth-theater announced it was was doing "Charlotte's Web" - that was when I knew acting was meant for me.
Well, that's not entirely true. I was a devotee of the movie, "West Side Story" and I was convinced that I would grow up someday to be Maria. But, I digress...
It was later, after many school plays and choir concerts, that I found what my true calling for performance would be: digging deep inside a character to find out what makes them vulnerable, and then sharing that with an audience so they can see their life in our art.
One of the most amazing thing about being an artist is taking a deep look at who I am, and then working to expose that in my work. As a human being, I'm the gal who always goes after what she wants with
fervor -- be
stimulating career, an idealized romance that
makes me swoon, or the perfect slice of pizza. I love to laugh,
and I poke fun at myself on a regular basis. I have been known
to ask for a side of cheese-whiz to accompany otherwise healthy
food. I think everything
tastes a little better with hot sauce. And bacon. And bourbon. (But not bacon flavored bourbon. Ew.)
In my work my main focus
is on intimate musicals and plays, independent film and raw & challenging television. I adore
relationship-driven projects that explore what it means to "be" with
others. I come alive when
a chance to explore the soft underbelly of the human experience.
I bring a sort of charming neuroticism to my work that makes you
root for the character - a little too uptight for my own good but
infectiously (and sometimes foolishly) fervent about what is possible.
My first love
telling a story through song, and a live audience is just about the best thing on the planet. But on-camera work also provides a magical and intimate conversation with the audience (and you get to share it over and over!) Luckily,
I have been able to bounce back and forth between stage and screen
-- and am humbled to have been in deep collaboration with writers,
directors, composers, and filmmakers in both worlds.
My Credits / Background
Proud Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Currently residing in New York City. Erin Cronican
was raised in San Diego, California and has been acting/singing/dancing
since the age of 9. She's an alum of Orange Glen High School
and received her Bachelor's Degree in Theatre (Acting) from Pepperdine
University, where she was honored with the Mary Pickford Scholarship
for Excellence in Theatre. A proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA,
Erin has performed with some of the finest theatres and filmmakers in New York,
Los Angeles, San Diego and beyond.
Erin also has a prolific career
on-camera, landing a recurring role on the hit CW television series "Veronica
Wiedman's Assistant, and playing multiple principal roles on "One
Life to Live" from 2008-2010. She has also been seen
in leading roles in independent feature and short length films,
including "Cold Souls" and "Writer's Block." In
addition, she has done countless work in commercials and industrials.
Erin received two NY Innovative Theater Award nominations for her work as Solange in "The Maids" by Jean Genet at The Seeing Place Theater. She was seen in the Off-Broadway musical, "This One's For The Girls" as the standby for Samantha and Eden, with dozens of performances under her belt. She also appeared as Heather in the Off-Broadway hit, "Sistas The Musical." Notable theatre credits include
the first ever revival of "Subways
Are For Sleeping," the national tour of "Suds,
the Rockin' 60s Musical Soap Opera," the first NY revival of "Dying City" by Christopher Shinn, as well as musicals "The
Last Five Years," "South
Pacific," "Evita," "Camelot,"; contemporary plays "A Lie of the Mind", "Angels in America," "The Laramie Project", "Closer," "Avow," "Wit," and classic plays "Men In White", "Look
Back in Anger,""Hamlet," "Macbeth," "Twelfth
Night" "Three Sisters," and "A
Doll's House." She has
also written and starred in three solo cabarets: "Thank
You, Next!", "The
Callback" and "Great UnExpectations" and has been the special guest performer in dozens of cabarets and benefit concerts.
Erin is also an award winning
theatre director and
producer, and is the co-founder & Executive Artistic Director of The Seeing Place Theater.
Press / Reviews
New York Times- "Two digital productions of Amiri Baraka's allegory about the state of race in the nation prove as powerful as ever...The Seeing Place production, which starred Timothy Ware and Erin Cronican and was directed by Brandon Walker, highlighted the sexual friction between Clay and Lula. Cronican’s Lula gives Clay a lusty up and down, hungrily takes bites of her apple, a seductive smile creeping across her face. Ware’s Clay smirks gamely in response; he seems mostly unbothered by her odd diversions and casually racist remarks and appears to lust back. (Baraka’s text makes plenty of room for misogyny, drawing on a Bible tale that presents a sly, seductive and morally inferior female character; his work has also notoriously dipped into anti-Semitism, also present in “Dutchman.”) By underlining the sexual power dynamic between the man and the woman, Walker’s direction simplifies the larger reach of the play and what the characters represent. The tension becomes less about the matchup of Blackness and whiteness in society than about the interracial fraternization of one Black man and one white woman."
BOY GETS GIRL:
Times Square Chronicles- "Leading actress Erin Cronican gives a downright breathtaking performance as Theresa Bedell, whose life of success and accomplishment falls to pieces at the hands of a deeply disturbed admirer. Cronican gives Theresa a level of depth and complexity that is profoundly human – above all else, Cronican’s performance made this production real...A stunningly captivating work of theatre, Boy Gets Girl was a homerun in every sense. And the best part? Tickets are only $15. Don’t miss this beyond affordable opportunity to see a great show."
A Seat on the Aisle- "In this excellent revival, Erin Cronican (who not only plays the lead role in Boy Gets Girl but also directed Boy’s Life) is absolutely sensational as Theresa. She perfectly epitomizes the successful feminist in today’s world who finds herself forced to balance a variety of different relationships...Much of the success of this production must be attributed to her performance."
A LIE OF THE MIND:
Daily Actor- "The revelation here in Cronican, who completely commits herself to her difficult role in a way I’ve never quite seen from her before. It’s always wonderful to still be surprised by someone I’ve seen on stage several times in the past... it’s hard to take your eyes off Cronican when she’s onstage. This is one of the largest and, across the board, strongest casts The Seeing Place has ever had in one of the company’s productions."
Theater That Matters- "Erin Cronican, as Beth, digs deep and finds the will of her character to survive. (I have seen Cronican perform numerous times, but never on this profound level.) Her struggle, as Beth, to regain some sense of “normalcy” is palpable and inspiring."