Erica C. Sutherlin is a theatrical director (stage), filmmaker, actress, screenwriter and arts educator who has performed and taught nationally and internationally. She received her B.A. in Theater Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and has performed in the Arts & Entertainment field for over fifteen years. Ms. Sutherlin has directed a variety of productions, namely, Ain’t Misbehavin, Clybourne Park, Polaroid Stories, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Macbeth, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Wiz, The Women, The Colored Museum, For Colored Girls Who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf, and many more. She has also assisted direction in numerous productions. As a writer, Erica has written screenplays, stage plays and poetry. As an emerging filmmaker and producer, Erica has directed her first feature film, Stratosphere; 1st assistant directed in Los Angeles, California, directed short films and assistant produced film and pilots in St. Louis, Illinois and the Tampa Bay area. She currently works as a director for Victor Young Productions developing and producing multi-cultural programming and film.
As an actress she has held leading roles and created notable characters in numerous productions including, Steel Magnolias, Doubt, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Soothsayin’, A Stylin’ Julius Caesar, Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, Metro, Macbeth, The Black Repertory Theater Company, and many more. As a poet, her more recent compilation of work performed was An Evening With…Erica C. Sutherlin, Exploring Love, Desire and Self Worth. She has presented at Harris Stowe State University (St. Louis), The Urban League Vaughn Cultural Center (St. Louis), Agape International Spiritual Center (Los Angeles), The Royal Theater (St. Petersburg), Black on Black Rhyme (Tampa) and The Carter G. Woodson African American Museum (St. Petersburg) just to name a few. With a history of over 30 years of national acclaim, the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School employed its first African American performance arts teacher, Ms. Erica C. Sutherlin. Another historical milestone, since its beginnings in 1925 St. Petersburg City Theatre employed its first African American director in 2013, Ms. Erica C. Sutherlin. Ms. Sutherlin has been teaching- acting, writing, directing (stage/film) for the last 10 years throughout the United States and abroad. For the past 2 years, she has worked as a consultant for arts education infusion programs and curricula. She has been recognized with the NHS Noble Educator of Distinction Award and featured in the Tampa Bay Times newspaper, St. Petersburg Times newspaper, The Weekly Challenger newspaper, St. Louis American newspaper, Flipside magazine, The Riverfront Times magazine, KDHX Radio, dhTV, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch newspaper for her performances, writings and directing projects.