Biography

Eric J. McAnallen is no stranger to the theatre having appeared in over 40 productions on Western PA Stages since 1984 when, as a sophomore in high school, he walked into the Senior Class Musical auditions and landed a principal role in Grease.

Eric earned a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and was the winner of the Premier Performances Playwriting Award while studying Education at Duquesne University. He is a native of Ellwood City, PA where he lives with his wife, Misa and a plethora of fish named Steve. Eric dreamed of being a well-known writer but life got in the way and today he is a professional IT Guru.

In addition to acting and writing, Eric has directed several productions. His favorite, without a doubt, was Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four, a play he wrote by request for Comtra Theatre's unique "theatre in the round" venue. 

Eric has dabbled in Improv Comedy (three times), an experience he describes as two parts exhilarating, one part inspiration, three parts perspiration, and all terrifying. 

In 2015, after growing frustrated with play selection from the local theatres, Eric set out to produce plays he found interesting by founding his own production company, Driftwood Dramatics. Thier first production was in the spring of 2016, consisting of Eric's own Imaginary Exits.

A singer from way back (ask his wife how much he loves to sing in the shower), Eric has appeared in leading roles in several musicals including Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Comtra), Edward Rutledge in 1776 (New Castle Playhouse), and Daddy Warbucks in Annie (Comtra). When he's not singing, he loves a good farce and has been caught with his pants down (literally and more than once) in countless comedies.

Eric is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and sincerely hopes that someday you will get to see one of his original works on stage.