ERIC LOCKLEY is a Harlem-based writer, actor 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 and supporting work that explores the complexity of
identity through the lens of the often under-represented.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland Eric’s plays and solo shows have been seen on stages
in New York, DC, Maryland, North Carolina, Chicago and even Johannesburg, South Africa.
Eric’s plays include Blacken the Bubble, an “affirmative action comedy” that examines
identity politics in the workplace, and Without Trace, a conspiracy theory thriller about an
inner city family experiencing apocalyptic America. As writer and performer Eric has
garnered success with his two solo shows: Last Laugh which explores what happens when
two black performers begin to confuse performance and reality, and Asking For More a
high-energy educational show encouraging healthy nutrition and fitness habits in urban
In 2013 Eric had an opportunity to see his work on-screen when the non-profit
organization Caring Across Generations commissioned Lockley to write a PSA. Eric’s
contribution entitled, “My Harlem” was performed by legendary Tony nominated
actress/writer Micki Grant and directed by Tanya Wexler.
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 films by Michael Brown, Stacey
Holman, Jamal Hodge and Darius Monroe (the ABFF Official Selection, “Midway”).
In 2015 Eric’s voiceover work was featured in the Sundance and NAACP award-winning
documentary, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”. An upcoming film project
is “Assisted Living” directed by Diane Dreyer and featuring Olympia Dukakis and Macy
Eric 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. While Lockley operated as Lead Producer on
TMTC’s Bintou, a world premiere production of internationally renowned Francophone
playwright Koffi Kwahule, the company received acclaim from The New York Times,
showcasing TMTC’s emergence as one of the premiere organizations for artists of color
Harlem9’s annual one-of-a-kind short play festival 48Hours in . . . Harlem features 30
black artists collaborating to create new work in 48 Hours. The festival was recognized with
a 2014 OBIE Award for its contribution to diversifying the theater landscape. During his
time with these organizations, Lockley has produced a number of promotional videos
including TMTC’s highly anticipated “Holiday Videos”. Around the holiday season, TMTC
changes the lyrics to a song so that it promotes TMTC’s work, and then a high-quality music
video is shot, edited and posted online for consumption.
These videos have been highly popular. The most recent video was an Empireinspired
medley that garnered attention from Essence and Ebony magazines online, and the
praise of Empire co-creator, Danny Strong. With his first foray into filmmaking Lockley has
written and produced, “The Jump”, a short film exploring a young boy’s complicated relationship
with the water. In all of his work, Eric seeks to push boundaries and inspire audiences
while emphasizing the varied stories that exist within communities of color.