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Erika Rankin


actor, director, improviser

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Erika Rankin


actor, director, improviser

 

About Erika...

A Northwestern University graduate with a BA in theatre, Erika is an actor, director and improviser in Los Angeles with extensive improv training from Chicago and LA's Upright Citizen's Brigade, as well as training from Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop master class. With recent credits including Now We Know from the creators of Silicon Valley, and Ticky Tacky with Oscar Isaac, Erika has also booked several national commercials, including her favorites for Subway, Crest, and Applebee's.  Continue below for more recent projects.

 
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Ticky Tacky


a dark comedy short with Oscar Isaac

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Ticky Tacky


a dark comedy short with Oscar Isaac

 

directed by Brian Petsos,  starring Oscar Isaac, Julian Shatkin, Tim Rock, and Erika Rankin as Claire.

 

For a full version of the short click here

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Directing


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Directing


Teddy Weinstein: Amateur Psychiatrist 

Stepping out of the role as actor and into the role of director, Erika directed her first short this year called Teddy Weinstein- a dark comedy about a well meaning amateur psychiatrist whose unconventional therapy actually works, if it weren't for the fact that he's a complete fraud. The piece was written by Northwestern alum and friend Joel Sinensky (who also stars as Teddy) and shot by the talented Michael Stine.

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Going Nowhere


a new comedy pilot

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Going Nowhere


a new comedy pilot

a pilot about three friends whose lives are...  well, going nowhere.

Written and directed by Warner Brother's Writing Program alum Neal Cornell (Undateable), Going Nowhere is a pilot about three roommates, two of whom used to date, and the pathetically endearing follies that come from their laziness, stupidity, and above all else, heart. Similar to Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the pilot is fully shot and presentable. Please inquire for a link to the pilot.

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Women


the hilarious mashup of Little Women and HBO's GIRLS

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Women


the hilarious mashup of Little Women and HBO's GIRLS

Erika Rankin gave an amazing performance as the eldest Meg. Her rapid paced valley girl narratives were coupled with perfect comic timing
— Discover Hollywood
 

Written by Chiara Atik and directed by Stephanie Ward, WOMEN is a "fast moving, highly entertaining farce of an American Classic mashed with HBO's 'Girls'" (Discover Hollywood). Winner of TOP OF FRINGE and BEST COMEDY at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and nominee for BEST ENSEMBLE at the LA Theatre Awards, the fast paced, understated show was a critical success among theatre and tv lovers alike. 

High
Brow
and
Brilliant
— New York Magazine