I am currently working in Indonesia and performing internationally and next year I will be living in Berlin. I am a solo theatre artist, playwright and director of contemporary original theatre.
Erika Batdorf, currently living for the year in Bali has written, created, performed, directed and choreographed original movement theater since 1983. Her solo works have appeared in such places as the Smithsonian Institute, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Landegg Academy for International Development in Switzerland, on the mainstage for The 7th International Women Playwrights Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Nine Dragon Heads International Art Symposium in South Korea, France, Hawaii, Mexico, Harvard University, the Movement Theater Festival International and the Women's Theater Festival in Philadelphia, Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence, RI, for three years featured at Boston’s Women on Top theatre festival and in NYC for PS122, Dixon Place, Moonworks, So Grand Studio's Movement Theater Festival, the NY International Fringe Festival and recently in Brooklyn. She has performed in Toronto at Theatre Passe Muraille backspace, twice in Hysteria at Buddies in Bad Times and 3 times in Rhubarb! Batdorf performed for the UN conference in Switzerland entitled, ‘The Role of Women in a United Europe’, the UN Global Summit in Copenhagen. She has performed, created plays and guest directed for universities and theatres across the USA. She ran The Batdorf School for Movement Theatre in Boston for several years and currently teaches at York University in Toronto. She has received 4 Dora nominations since 2005 (two for new plays, one for performance and one for directing).
She has created and directed original productions for Luminato 2010 (One Pure Longing), and several with The Thistle Project. Her directing work has made the top 10 list in NOW for theatre twice- 2006 for the smash hit Gorey Story and 2010 for Peer Gynt, featuring Susan Coyne and Matthew Romantini. She also received the jury prize at Summerworks 07 for co-creating and directing Faye Dupras in Bird’s Eye View. This past fall she performed in Tblisi, Georgia with the German band Arwinda and traveled through Uzbekistan with a group of international nomadic visual artists called 9dragonheads. She will continue to develop her new show The Smell of the Soul with Arwinda in Germany, with performances in Munich and Indonesia this coming spring.