Walsh is electric. - , The Alt
Erikka is best known as the original Ex-Girlfriend in the Tony Award winning musical Once. Having joined the development process as a graduate student of the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, Erikka was one of those lucky few to transition seamlessly from graduate school to Broadway, staying with the production for it’s entire run. Once garnered numerous awards an accolades, including the Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Musical, 11 Tony Award nominations and 8 wins, and the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater album. Erikka appeared in over 1,100 performances on Broadway in her role as Ex-Girlfriend, with additional performances as Girl and Reza.
...when she sings, it is almost as though the instrument had been a prop and not a real instrument. Then she returns to it and you have to wonder if her voice is really as good as you thought it was because her playing is excellent. There is that sort of seamlessness to her work. - , The Berkshire Edge
Classically trained on violin, Erikka has expanded her instrument list to a total of 9 to date, with even more instruments on the waiting in the wings. It’s this flexibility and musicianship that has allowed her to bring numerous composer’s works to life, from upcoming composers such as Preston Allen and Artie Sievers, to icons like Johnny Cash and Jerry Garcia. Her eclectic list of venues includes the Beacon Theater, Bitter End, Radio City Music Hall, Wonder Bar, The Academy of Music, (Le) Poisson Rouge, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and live performances on Late Night with David Letterman, America's Got Talent, and the Today Show.
Walsh dances nimbly and with seemingly bottomless exhilaration. - Roseann Cane, Berkshire On Stage
Erikka holds an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. Between 2 years of study in the States, and a 3 month intensive at the Moscow Art Theater School, Erikka studied under Scott Zigler, Andrei Droznin, Janos Szasz, David Hammond, Marcus Stern, Tommy Derrah, and Nancy Houfek in a wide range of techniques and disciplines. From Russian acrobatic work to traditional ballet to Viewpoints, her movement vocabulary is unique, while her acting technique draws strongly from Meisner, Stanislavsky, and Practical Aethetics. Erikka also graduated summa cum laude from Temple University with a BA in theater.
But really I'm just a nerd who loves video games, graphic tees and whiskey. - Erikka, said just now with a cat on her lap