Areas: Acting, Directing, Interdisciplinary Performance, Devised Theater, Movement for Performers, Viewpoints, Suzuki Method of Acting, and site-responsive work.
Erika Latta is originally from the Pacific Northwest, and grew up on the Lummi Nation reservation near Bellingham, Washington. She is the artistic co-director and co-founder of WaxFactory in New York City. WaxFactory continues to nurture a hybrid approach, based on unconventional narrative styles, originally dramaturgy, visual and physical rigor, technological experimentation and site-responsive work. With the company, she works as a director, writer, actor, sound designer and educator. As an actor and director she has presented work in international venues and festivals throughout Europe and Latin America creating long lasting partnerships with artists and designers. She holds a BFA in Theater from the University of Washington, and an MFA in Acting from Columbia University.
Erika is also an associate director of the French trans-media company Begat Theater. For Begat, she co-conceived, directed, designed sound and co-wrote several of Begat productions. Begat Theater’s productions have been awarded numerous grants, co-productions and partnerships, as well as the generous support from FACE (French American Fund for Contemporary Theater). Erika is a member of the Society of Authors (SACD) in France, and she continues to author and co-author many of the original productions for both WaxFactory and Begat Theater.
Outside her company, she has worked with Felix Barret and Maxine Doyle of Punchdrunk (SLEEP NO MORE), Robert Wilson at the Watermill Center, Anne Bogart (SITI Company), Robert Woodruff, Victor Gautier Martin, Tina Landau, and Chuck Mee , among others.
Erika has been awarded a number of European performing arts grants and residencies, most notably the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany and the Bogliasco Foundation in Bogliasco, Italy.
She continues to work in cinema both as an actor, director and photographer in feature length films, hybrid performance and new media.
She has studied and trained in modern dance; Viewpoints with Anne Bogart (SITI Company), the Suzuki Method of acting in Toga-Mura, Japan with Robyn Hunt, and at Columbia University with Ellen Lauren.
Erika was recently a visiting assistant professor at Colgate University, and at the University of North Carolina, School of the Arts, where she taught Viewpoints, the Suzuki Method of Acting, and composition in devised theater.
Most recently she has performed in WaxFactory’s one-woman show LULU XX directed by Ivan Talijancic at the Connelly Theater in New York, PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER! at the Rubenstein Atrium in Lincoln Center, Punchdrunk's SLEEP NO MORE at the McKittrick Hotel (NYC) and TIME, A FAIR HUSTLER at the Artist Repertory in Portland, Oregon. Her direction of HOPE by Hope Salas, a one woman show was last seen at the Wild Project in New York. Upcoming projects include: HOME a WaxFactory / Begat Theater / Hand2Mouth collaboration, the LULU XX international tour, the direction of STRANGE JOY, ARTIFICIAL EDEN, and the continued tours of HIDDEN STORIES and LA DISPARITION.
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