Erin Austin

Erin Austin

Erin Austin is a multi-disciplinary writer, performer, and producer living in Chicago. Her most recent credits include collaborations with Greenhouse Theater, Tellin’ Tales Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Hub Theatre, Red Theatre, American Theatre Company, and Chicago Dramatists. Erin is a proud co-founder of Living Room Playmakers: a playwrights collective that writes and produces site-inspired work in...
Erin Austin is a multi-disciplinary writer, performer, and producer living in Chicago. Her most recent credits include collaborations with Greenhouse Theater, Tellin’ Tales Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Hub Theatre, Red Theatre, American Theatre Company, and Chicago Dramatists. Erin is a proud co-founder of Living Room Playmakers: a playwrights collective that writes and produces site-inspired work in unexpected places all around Chicago. (lrplays.org) She’s taught screenwriting at Northwestern University and playwriting at The Chicago Academy for the Arts. When not writing plays, Erin writes scripts and produces content for educational videos and computer games at NogginLabs, Inc. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami and an MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage at Northwestern University.

Plays

  • Miss Major Cushman
    She's a wife, mother, actress and a failed union spy. Tonight, Pauline Cushman takes to the stage and tells her story. But how much of it is true is anyone's guess.
  • Above the Ceiling
    Dottie is just another bored housewife until a young man with a sewing machine crawls in through her window. It isn't long until sex, spanking, sewing, and demonic tales infiltrate the Milwaukee mansion and propel Dottie and her young lover through the riotous decade of the 1920's. Based on a true story, Above the Ceiling examines what happens when an emboldened power-hungry woman with nothing to call...
    Dottie is just another bored housewife until a young man with a sewing machine crawls in through her window. It isn't long until sex, spanking, sewing, and demonic tales infiltrate the Milwaukee mansion and propel Dottie and her young lover through the riotous decade of the 1920's. Based on a true story, Above the Ceiling examines what happens when an emboldened power-hungry woman with nothing to call her own, moves her secret lover out of the spotlight, and into her husband's attic.
  • The Corpse Flower
    It’s 2 am in the Missouri Botanical Gardens and it’s unseasonably warm for November. The garden’s main attraction, the rare corpse flower, is only a few hours from blooming and releasing its signature scent of death. While live-streaming cameras monitor every angle of the exotic plant, the Gardens themselves are empty… with the exception of two women.
  • Insert Heart Here
    The war is coming to an end. The supply is running out. But when one more chance comes to help a patient, Midge has to decide who that patient will be. Can a healthy heart lead to a healthy soul? Insert Heart Here is an alternate-reality dark comedy about the beating heart and the way it travels, willingly and unwillingly, from person to person.
  • Mary M.: Future Bible Babe
    When Mary M. gets busted for soliciting sexual favors in her high school chemistry classroom, her mother sends her to live with her sister’s family in Michigan for a while. To get back home, Mary makes a drastic decision. Mary M.: Future Bible Babe takes the myth of Mary out of the Bible pushes her into the future and focuses on her life right before she became infamous.
  • Range of View
    Lindsay and Edith celebrate the most important weekend of their lives by marrying one another in front of a group of carefully selected friends. But as mysterious sightings in the mountains threaten and unexpected financial offers disrupt, the happy couple is forced to face their fears.

    This ensemble dramedy explores the presence of mental illness, addiction, and a fear of the unknown, amidst...
    Lindsay and Edith celebrate the most important weekend of their lives by marrying one another in front of a group of carefully selected friends. But as mysterious sightings in the mountains threaten and unexpected financial offers disrupt, the happy couple is forced to face their fears.

    This ensemble dramedy explores the presence of mental illness, addiction, and a fear of the unknown, amidst the utter joy and freedom that comes from a wedding weekend in the mountains.
  • David Makes His Rounds
    Former class clown, David, bursts into his 15 year high school reunion with an agenda: to apologize for his drunken, childish, and hurtful antics of the past. With his beautiful fiancé by his side, David wins over the room...until he bumps into Margot.
  • Those of You Who Wait
    Owen and Sarah spent a casual and booze-filled night together. Now, days later they are scheduled to meet again, this time in a busy tea shop. After a strange and ominous meeting with a rose-seller, Owen is reunited with his one-night stand.
  • The Unlimited Year-Long Class Pack
    A scuffle over a refund on a year long class membership to a fancy yoga studio leads to an unexpected interaction between a woman with cancer and her yoga instructor.