What do I do when things feel like they’re against me? How do I contribute as a joyful being in a world that feels like it is full of so much pain? How do I hear my soul’s whispers? We dive deep with today’s podcast guest, Erik Liberman, as he helps light the path in the most FUN way!
Chameleonic actor Erik Liberman is known for originating roles in several productions on Broadway and off, including War Paint with Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole; The Band’s Visit with Tony Shalhoub; Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz‘s The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Disney; and Harold Princeand Alfred Uhry‘s LoveMusik. Television work includes roles in Modern Family,Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger‘s Vinyl, as well as Unforgettable. Liberman has also appeared opposite Harvey Fiersteinin the Broadway tour of Fiddler on the Roof, performed with Tyne Daly in an anniversary concert of Carol Burnett‘s Hollywood Arms, and portrayed Groucho Marx at the Obama White House.
Born in Coconut Grove, Florida, he made his television debut at age six. Mentored by actress Maureen Stapleton, Liberman became a YoungArts winner while a senior at New World School of the Arts. After high school, he trained at London’s Complicité and Royal National Theatre,where he came under the wing of Judi Dench. He received a grant to study physical theatre with master clown teacher Philippe Gaulier in Paris, and in Los Angeles was the face of noted improv-and-sketch-comedy school The Groundlings. As a member of the Sundance Theatre Lab, he worked with actors including Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, and Sally Field.
Liberman has received accolades including Helen Hayes, Ovation, and Garland Awards, in addition to winning the Lotte Lenya Competition for Singers. He has contributed to numerous books including a biography of Jayne Mansfieldand, with his father, co-authored Wisdom From an Empty Mind and the just released Luminous Life: How the Science of Light Unlocks the Art of Living.
Legendary director-producer Harold Prince has said of him, “Erik is the real deal. Once you’ve seen him, you can’t forget him,” and Joan Juliet Buck, former editor-in-chief of French Vogue, described his work as “multifaceted, irreducible, and astonishing.”
“Inspired” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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