Erik Liberman is an award-winning actor, author, director, and educator recognized for originating roles in productions on Broadway and off, including War Paint with Patti LuPone, The Band's Visit with Tony Shalhoub, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Hal Prince's LoveMusik. Television work includes Amazon's Transparent, Modern Family, and Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's Vinyl. Liberman has also performed in Carol Burnett's Hollywood Arms, portrayed Groucho Marx at the Obama White House, appeared in acclaimed Stephen Sondheim revivals, as well as opposite Topol, Theodore Bikel and Harvey Fierstein in Fiddler on the Roof, later leading the show's all-star 50th anniversary celebration at New York City's Town Hall with Chita Rivera.
Born in Coconut Grove, Florida, he made his television debut at age six. Mentored by 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 Dame 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 Performance of the Century and, with his father, Wisdom From an Empty Mind and Luminous Life: How the Science of Light Unlocks the Art of Living. He teaches master classes around the country, is the founder of the Bridge to Broadway online training platform (matching master teachers with emerging artists around the world), and is a member of the distinguished National Alliance of Acting Teachers.
Legendary director-producer Hal Prince 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, describes his work as "multifaceted, irreducible and astonishing."