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Erica P
Writer #10227
San Marcos, CA
Joined 9/7/2014
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Erica received her Bachelor's Degree in English with a creative writing concentration from San Francisco State University and her Master's Degree in Theatre from San Diego State University. During graduate school, Erica gained experience in a variety of writing formats including MLA and academic writing as well as press releases, study guides, actor packets, program notes, posters, social media, website content, and other marketing and informational materials from her dramaturgy jobs in theatre. She is fond of the magical realism genre in creative writing and has written poetry, short stories, and two novels.

Currently, Erica works part-time as a product photographer and vitamin clerk in the natural health and beauty department which includes customer service and familiarity with healthy lifestyle options, herbal healing, and alternative medicine. Erica is self-taught in programs such as Microsoft Office Suite, HTML, CSS, Wordpress, and Photoshop. Her hobbies, which she is always eager to explore through writing, include traveling, camping, videogames and tea. She believes that improving her general knowledge will strengthen her understanding of the world which will allow her to expand her styles and subjects in writing.


Erica is experienced in academic writing--especially with the MLA format-- creative writing, creating short pieces such as program notes and blog posts, designing quizzes and questionnaires for internet use, and developing how-to guides and study materials.


Erica has a wide variety of interests, including a passion for dramaturgy, theatre, natural health and beauty products, herbal supplements, natural healing, tea, traveling, camping, literature, video games, website development, and tarot. She has continued her education through online courses and community college to keep her mind sharp through education and expand her knowledge on an array of subjects such as astronomy and plant biology.


Palomar Community College

Erica attended Palomar Community College after graduating early from High School to complete general education requirements and explore different fields of study. Even after completing her Bachelor's Degree and recent Master's degree, Erica has continued to take courses at Palomar Community College to continue learning a variety of topics.

San Francisco State University

Creative writing courses required analyzing published stories, working in groups to constructively critique peer's work, and understanding strategies and effective methods of creative writing. Required English courses developed experience in analyzing novels, poems, and other creative work, and writing academic essays with well-developed arguments and examples to support a thesis statement.

San Diego State University

Graduate level courses in theatre included writing essays, designing and performing creative pieces, analyzing topics through class discussion and writing, giving presentations and leading discussions from reading material.

Topics for each course dealt with traditional and non-traditional theatre practices and theories, such as performative space in public places, site-specific work, and the significance of Shakespeare and other historical theatre persons in the modern world.

Extra activities were undertaken during graduate school, such as graduate assistant positions and dramaturging for school productions.


4 Projects Completed

Working as a freelance dramaturg in theatre, Erica must be adept at handling many different tasks, from marketing to study guides and even graphic design, to meet the needs of a production.

Erica's dramaturgical projects have included:
* Creating websites and content for theatre showings to increase interest and ticket sales
* Assist in social media marketing to increase production awareness and garner interest
* Research contextual and historical information to ensure accuracy for time period, credibility of a script, and enrich actor and audience understanding of the play
* Create marketing tools, posters, interactive content, and program notes for audiences
* Assist playwrights in developing work as well as reading cold submissions to establish how well a fit work is with a theatre
* Organize and moderate pre and post-show discussions


3 Projects Completed

Erica was a graduate assistant for the maximum allotted amount of three semesters while earning her Master's Degree. Duties included leading full class lectures, giving short presentations, creating and grading coursework, and holding regular office hours for students to address any questions or concerns about their work.


1 Projects Completed

Erica works with customers to educate them and help them find natural herbs, homeopathic, vitamin, and other natural supplemental products to achieve their health goals. Other duties include product order, backup receiving, magazines, and attending educational trainings offered by companies.

Erica is given any project that includes computer or written work. One example of self-initiated writing projects are how-to guides that assist coworkers in learning job procedures.


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