Erik Jensen is an actor and writer.
Erik has co-starred in over twenty feature films, including Black Knight and The Love Letter. He recently starred as Dr. Jules Braun in Virtuality, the new pilot by Battlestar Galactica creator Ron Moore, directed by Peter Berg (Hancock).
Erik starred opposite John Turturro and Oliver Platt as legendary NY Yankee Thurman Munson in the ESPN miniseries The Bronx is Burning, and has appeared on television regularly on CSI, Law and Order, and Love Monkey, as well as Alias and Century City, among others. He co-starred in the TBS pilot The Dark (dir. Walter Hill), and was a member of the acting ensemble for the 2006 Sundance Filmmakers’ Lab and the 2007 Sundance Theater Lab. Notable stage appearances include Arthur Kopit’s Y2K (dir. Bob Balaban) and Terrance McNally's Corpus Christi at Manhattan Theater Club, The Good Negro at the Public Theater, and as a stint as free-speech martyr Lenny Bruce in Schmucks at the Wilma Theater. He is also at work directing Main Street, a film documentary about corporate farming’s impact on small-town America.
With his wife, Jessica Blank, he Erik is author of The Exonerated (listed by the New York Times as "the number 1 play of 2002), a play based on interviews they conducted with over 40 wrongfully convicted death row inmates across the United States. In 2002, Erik and Jessica co-directed The Exonerated at Tim Robbin’s Actors' Gang Theater. That production was nominated for five LA Ovation Awards and 3 NAACP Awards; it won the Ovation for Best World Premiere Play. Bob Balaban’s New York (Culture Project) and London (Riverside Studios) productions of The Exonerated won Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards, and were nominated for the Dramatists’Guild's Hull-Warriner Award and the John Gassner Playwriting Award. The Exonerated has also received awards from Amnesty International, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Death Penalty Focus, and Court TV. It has been translated into Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese, and was made into an award-winning movie for Court TV adapted by Jessica and Erik and starring Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, Aidan Quinn and Delroy Lindo. Also with Jessica Blank, Erik is adapting her first novel, Almost Home, into a feature film for Jon Bon Jovi’s production company.
Sci-fi and comic book fans might be interested to know that Erik has recently finished writing a graphic novel “The Reconcilers” for Viking Warrior productions. The legendary Batman artist Neal Adams is drawing the cover and as Executive Editor has been actively collaborating with Erik on character designs and scripting. This sci-fi “cowboys in space” epic “The Reconcilers” should make it’s debut at Wizard’s Big Apple Con in October 2009.
Jessica and Erik’s writing has been published in several magazines and journals, including The Believer, The Dramatist, Another Magazine, and Theater History Studies. Living Justice, their book on the making of The Exonerated, was published in 2005 by Simon and Schuster. Their work has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Soros Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New World Foundation.
Jessica and Erik’s new documentary play, Aftermath, based on interviews they conducted with Iraqi civilian refugees in Jordan, will open Off-Broadway at New York Theater Workshop in fall 2009. They are also developing a play based on the writings of rock critic Lester Bangs, in conjunction with the Lester Bangs estate. Jessica and Erik are married andlive somewhere in NYC with their dogs Zooey and Yoda.