Eric Hansen Biography
Originally from Highland, Indiana, Eric began playing guitar and singing at family gatherings at the age of nine. He played in Chicago coffee houses throughout his teens, then studied at Chicago Musical College where he stumbled upon the theater department.
At 20, he pursued a career in theater which included four years as a singer/actor/dancer and writer with ChicagoÆs Free Street Theater. There he learned the basics of the theatrical performance style he is known for today. "We always worked with and for the audience never at them. You want to bring the audience in there with you."
He moved to New York to play Jake in ôIÆm Getting My Act Together and taking It On The Roadö and he created the role of ôVladimir Vysotsky: Russian Folk Heroö at La Mama. Work on many NY soaps, commercials, he's done two companies of "Pump Boys and Dinettes." Traveled all over the country with various plays and musicals, working with Betty Buckley, Gretchen Cryer, Carol Hall, Nancy Dusault and Heather Macrae. He has shared stages with comedians like John Fugelsang, Caroline Rhea, Mario Cantone and Suzie Essman. He's performed in a number of radio plays for WBAI, a heaping handful of cabaret shows and a couple Indepent films. In 1993, while on a European Tour of ôAnnie Get Your Gun,ö with Jennifer Lee Andrews, Eric began to yearn for his lifelong passion... songwriting , singing and playing guitar.
Back in New York City, Eric picked up his guitar again full time and plunged into the New York club scene to re-build his skills. Within one year, he had written and tested enough new original material to record his debut CD, ôEric Hansen/Lucky .ö His second album -- ôReal Slowö will be officially released April 2000 at Border's Books & Music in Tucson.
Eric now happily resides in Tucson, Arizona and continues to write "Folks Music."