Bard Faculty

Erin Markey

Live Arts Bard Visiting Artist

Primary Academic Program: Theater and Performance


BA, University of Michigan. Erin Markey is a Brooklyn-based writer, composer, and actress. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including residencies at Yaddo, Joe’s Pub Working Group at the Public Theater, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; and grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Fund, Franklin Furnace Fund, and New York Foundation for the Arts, among others. Markey was named Top 10 Best of 2016 (music) by Artforum; one of Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People (2016) by Brooklyn Magazine, Top 10 Cabaret Performers (2013, 2014, 2015) by Time Out New York, and Most Convincing Jock in the New York Times’ 2011 list of cleverest theatrical moments. Recent long-form original plays, musicals, and performance works include Singlet, commissioned by Bushwick Starr and described as “transgressive and illuminating” by the New York Times; Boner Killer, performed at Joe’s Pub, The Yard (London), Fierce Festival (Birmingham, UK), the Warhol Museum, and the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater, among other venues; A Ride on the Irish Cream, album release and concert at Joe’s Pub; Ghost Rings, with Tina Satter, performed at Philly FringeArts Curated Festival, Portland’s TBA Festival, and others; Erin Markey!, performed at Spit Take Comedy Series (Minneapolis), A.R.T. (Boston), Festival of Voices (Hobart, Australia), and Bard Spiegeltent. Markey has appeared as an actor in Leonard Bernstein’s Peter Pan, at Bard’s 2018 SummerScape Festival; Assassins, Encores! Off Center Series; Bridget Everett’s Rock Bottom at the Public Theater; the web series Hudson Valley Ballers and New York Is Dead; and in productions by the Obie Award–winning company Half Straddle, including Ghost Rings, Seagull (Thinking of You), Nurses in New England, others. Markey previously taught classes and led workshops at New York University, Carnegie Mellon University, Sarah Lawrence College, and University of Michigan, among others institutions. At Bard: Spring 2019.