Eric Bryant moved from Indianapolis to New York in the mid-1980s. He initially studied scene work with Sandy Dennis at HB Studio. Other HB instructors included Elizabeth Dillon (scene work) and Carol Rosenfeld (technique and scene work). Eric also studied fencing for the stage with his longtime friend and mentor, Joe Daly, eventually becoming his assistant, helping teach, develop choreography, and compose scene work for the actors. After touring the country in two separate productions of The Three Musketeers, Eric began studying at Circle Rep Lab under the instruction of Michael Warren Powell and Peg Denithorne, focusing on the works of Lanford Wilson. From this experience Eric was asked to become a member of The Lab Theater, which focused on artist development and developing new scripts. Currently Eric sits on the Board of Directors for Southbank Theatre Company, where he focuses on developing new work.
Eric has appeared onstage both in Indianapolis and New York. Favorite roles include Judas in Cold Journey in the Dark (presented at the Eugene O’Neill Playhouse), Preston in Defrost (Off-Off Broadway), Henry in We Are the King (The Lab Theater), Athos in The Three Musketeers (Biggs-Rosati National Tour), Billy in Streamers (WOB Productions, Indianapolis), Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet (Carmel Community Players), Claudius in Hamlet (Indy BardFest) and Will Shakespeare in Elizabeth Rex (Indy BardFest). Recently he directed Natural Shocks by Laura Gunderson for Southbank Theatre Company, and will be directing True West by Sam Shepard for Carmel Community Players in April.