About Eric


Photo credit Katie O’Shea.

Robert Eric Shoemaker is a Chicago based poet-playwright, theatre artist, and arts journalist. Eric has worked at Redtwist Theatre, Steep Theatre, New American Folk Theatre, Tympanic Theatre, Gorilla Tango Theatre, City Lit Theatre, American Theater Company, 3 Brothers Theatre, Nothing Special Productions, Stage Left Theatre, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, Skokie Theatre, the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, and others.

Eric is the author of the duet musical PLATH/HUGHES, which was awarded the 2014 Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Prize for Best Play. His project “LORCA IN AMERICA” was awarded a 2015 DCASE Individual Artist Program grant from the City of Chicago, and featured the production of his original translation, BERNARDA ALBA AND HER HOUSE. Other productions of Eric’s plays have included WILDE’S SALOMÉ; PHAEDRA, RELEASED.; WAR OF THE WORLDS; and TRANSFORMATIONS: AFTER OVID.

Eric’s writing has been featured in Mosaic, Rollick Magazine, Literature Emitting Diodes, The Chicago After Dark Anthology, Thought Notebook, and his book “30 Days Dry” from Thought Collection Publishing, which has been hailed as the work of “an undercover prophet” and is now available on Amazon. Eric’s journalism has been published in Newcity, Evanston Now, Fra Noi Magazine, Artisan Magazine, Printeresting, VAM, and through the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Campus Consortium Fellowship.

Eric is a graduate with honors and a student marshal from the University of Chicago, where he was Artistic Director of the Classical Entertainment Society.

Contact Eric at <eric@reshoemaker.com>

INFLUENCES and FAVORITES: Edward Albee and “A Delicate Balance”, E. E. Cummings and “The Enormous Room”, Ted Hughes and “Birthday Letters”, Federico Garcia Lorca and “The Theory and Play of Duende”, Jeffrey Eugenides and “Middlesex”, Darren Aronofsky and “Requiem for a Dream”, Anne Carson and “An Oresteia”; Christian Bök and “Crystallography”

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