Erika was born in Plainfield, NJ and grew up in the neighboring town of Mountainside. She spent her entire elementary and secondary academic career at the highly competitive Kent Place School, an all-girls' prep school in Summit NJ, where she discovered her love for acting and music at a very early age.
After graduating from Vassar College with both General Honors and Honors in Drama, she moved to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career in television and film. She was lucky enough to land an agent within a month, and shortly thereafter she booked a role on Quantum Leap. Things were going well, but then her agent abruptly quit the business, leaving her to start over. Right around this time, she joined a male-fronted rock band called Heat Your Shack as a back-up singer with occasional lead vocals. After a matter of months, that band dissolved and became a new band - Velvet Chain - with Erika as the lead singer and co-composer. VC became hugely popular on the L.A. club scene, playing regularly at venues like The Key Club, The Troubadour, and House Of Blues. They were invited to perform on the cult-hit TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer - both on screen in the episode "Never Kill A Boy On The First Date" and on the subsequent Soundtrack Album - which exposed them to both a national and international audience. This led to their being signed with an indie label and going on a very successful national tour, in addition to being used in many more TV programs and films, including HBO's Sex and the City, ABC's Big Shots, MTV's Live Through This and Road Rules, and the trailer for Touchstone Pictures' Con Air.
Meanwhile, Erika was still auditioning for TV, commercial, and film roles (without benefit of an agent) and was able to continue to book work, but it wasn't enough to qualify as being a full-time job. So, in addition to playing with the band and shooting the occasional indie film (A Couple of Days and Nights, Pickin' Up Chicks With Harlan Williams, Smack) she was working in retail to help pay the rent.
Then, on 9/11/01, Erika had an epiphany. Life was simply too short to wait around, hoping for the phone to ring with an audition, all the while folding sweaters and catering to Botoxed ladies with tiny dogs in their purses. She had a feeling musical theatre would be a good fit for her, plus she knew that theatre uses a much more "democratic" casting process than TV or film, with many productions holding "open" auditions. So, she went out that very weekend, bought a copy of the casting publication, Backstage, and decided to audition for something.
Erika has been blessed to be a working actress since making that decision back in L.A. in 2001, and is now thriving in the highly competitve NY theatre scene. Her NY theatrical debut as "Hesione" in Triumph Of Love at the Astoria Performing Arts Center in spring of 2008 was met with great critical acclaim, as was her Off-Broadway debut performance as "Berta" in the World Premiere of the musical Signs Of Life at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre (Feb 16 - Mar 21, 2010). For her second Off-Broadway show, she had the pleasure of creating the role of "Cleopatra" in the new musical comedy, The Sphinx Winx, at the Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row (May 3 - July 24, 2011). In 2013, she created the role of in Jack London: Sex, Love & Revolution at the NY international Fringe Festival, and it was actually on opening night of that play that she learned she had been cast as "Miss Wilde" in the First National Tour of the new musical Flashdance, directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. Interspersed with these "higher-profile" projects, Erika's been thrilled to be able to stretch her theatrical muscles in several Off-Off-Broadway plays: most notably the 75th anniversary prodcution of Waiting for Lefty (Edna) and the hilarious farce Nell Dash (Lady Fanny Dashwood), for which she was nominated for a NY Winterfest Award.