About Erik Orton
Erik Orton is a writer and producer based in NYC.
His memoir Seven at Sea: Why a New York City Cast Off Convention for a Life-Changing Year on a Sailboat, co-written with his wife, is due in bookstores March 2019. He has written for The Washington Post, Hitched Magazine, Drift Travel Magazine, Family Traveller Magazine, London’s Theatre and Performance Magazine and various regional newspapers.
His original musical Berlin, for which he wrote book, music and lyrics, 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. State of the Union, about Thomas Kane and the Utah War was commissioned by the Don & Shirley Oscarson Discovery Grant and workshopped with The Sting & Honey Company.
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 has directed and produced events at Radio City Musical Hall, regionally and Off-Broadway. 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.
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. He was featured on the cover of Crain's Business New York, in The New York Times and Playbill.com.
He plays guitar, drums, fiddle, piano and accordion in his family band, The Unsinkables. He enjoys writing folk rock tunes and busking whenever he can. His hobbies include rock climbing, sailing, scuba diving and surfing. He spent 2014 sailing with his family on their boat Fezywig from St. Martin to Manhattan. Most of 2017-19 has been spent traveling by van through the Rocky Mountains of the U.S. and Canada, flying and sailing between Hawaii, Bermuda, Ireland, Finland and then sailing and vanning through Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Gibraltar and Portugal.
CINE Golden Eagle Award