Eric Lockley is a Harlem-based actor, writer, filmmaker, public speaker and producer. As a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a double Major in Africana studies, Eric is most passionate about creating work that explores the complexity of identity through the lens of the often under-represented. As an actor Lockley has been on both stage and screen, featured in plays by Tarrell Alvin McCraney, Marcus Gardley and Idris Goodwin, and in film and TV featured on HBO, BET and MTV.
Lockley also writes and performs solo work. Notable solo shows are Asking For More and Last Laugh. Asking For More encourages healthy nutrition and fitness habits in young people through comedy mixed with facts and a high-energy interactive performance. Last Laugh based on experiences of Sammy Davis Jr. & Stepin Fetchit, explores the neurosis of black performers performing "blackness". Eric flexes his comedy skills performing sketch comedy and improv with BoogieManja and other teams at The People’s Improv Theater.
As a producer Lockley has been producing theater in New York City for over 8 years with his two Harlem-based organizations The Movement Theatre Company [TMTC] and Harlem9 [H9]. Lockley oversees, creates and produces the artistic programming of both organizations with his team of collaborators. For his work as a producer notable awards include: a Theater Hall of Fame Award, a 2014 OBIE Award and a 2015 Black Theater Excellence Torch Bearer Award. As a screenwriter Eric was commissioned to write a PSA for the non-profit organization Caring Across Generations that featured Tony nominated actress Micki Grant.
In 2015 Lockley produced and wrote “The Jump,” an autobiographical short film he’s also a featured actor in that explores a young man's complicated relationship with the water. “The Jump” won Best Narrative Short Audience Award at Blackstar Film fest and has screened at a number of notable festivals including Urbanworld and Martha's Vineyard African American Film Fest. In conjunction with the film, Lockley continues to book speaking engagements highlighting the film's message of self-empowerment, facing fears and embracing possibility.