Erik Orton is a writer, director and producer based in NYC.
He is currently at work on a co-written memoir with his wife, about the year they bought a sailboat, Fezywig, and sailed with their children from St. Martin to Manhattan. Due in bookstores Spring 2019 (the book, not his wife). They split their time between Manhattan and life on the road.
Raised primarily in Germany and the suburbs of Washington D.C., he graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Music and a minor in Playwrighting.
After a short stint as company manager at Washington D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre, he moved to New York City and began working in company and general management for Broadway productions. In 2003 he formed O Productions, which produces content for stage and screen.
His original musical Berlin was performed Off-Broadway, went on to a production at the Tony Award Winning® Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT and was ultimately produced for worldwide broadcast by BYU, winning an Emmy Award®, the CINE Golden Eagle Award, and a Bronze Telly Award. He co-wrote book, music and lyrics for The Drummings, based on the life and times of Irish statesman Daniel O'Connell.
Plays include: The Bottom of the Barents Sea, about the international rescue effort to save the crew of a downed Russian nuclear submarine. It received its premiere public reading at NYC’s Uptown Arts Stroll and was most recently read at the Cape Playhouse, Cape Cod.
State of the Union, was commissioned by the Don & Shirley Oscarson Discovery Grant, developed at BYU’s Writer/Director/Actor Workshop and then workshopped with The Sting & Honey Company.
Orton directed and co-produced the world premiere of I Will Be Good, a solo show by Tricia Rose Burt, at the Tampa Bay Straz Center for the Performing Arts after developmental engagements at the Nantucket Theatre Workshop. He was happy to direct Dennis & Ken Agle's The Fork, winning the NYC Short Play Lab Festival Best Play Award. He has directed events at Radio City Music Hall, SLC's Conference Center Theatre and various regional theaters. He was honored to serve as Guest Artistic Director for the 90th Anniversary Cape Playhouse season in 2016.
Orton has worked for a variety of Broadway general management offices including Alan Wasser Associates, Richards/Climan Inc.and 321 Theatrical Management. Broadway shows and tours he has managed include Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Jane Eyre and Fosse among others. Regionally he functioned as the Production Coordinator at The Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, the Production Supervisor at the Signature Theatre and Company Manager at Washington D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre. He produced the Off-Broadway musical The Ark, and the original Off-Brodway cast album now available on iTunes. He was honored to produce the the 90th Anniversary Season as Guest Artistic Director at the Cape Playhouse.
He plays guitar, drums, fiddle and piano in The Unsinkables, a band formed with his two oldest daughters. He enjoys writing rock-and-roll tunes in his spare time. His hobbies include rock climbing and sailing. He spent 2014 on sabbatical, sailing with his family on their boat Fezywig from St. Martin to Manhattan.
He lived in Germany, Chile, the U.S. and holds dual citizenship in Finland.
CINE Golden Eagle Award