Apple Valley, Minnesota, U.S.
|Residence||New York City, New York|
|Education||Carnegie Mellon University (BFA)|
Jessica Blank (m. 2001)
Erik Jensen is an American actor, playwright, screenwriter and director.
An actor, writer and director, Jensen has had over a hundred roles on television, film, and stage, most notably as legendary Thurman Munson of the New York Yankees in the ESPN miniseries The Bronx Is Burning. He portrayed Dr. Stephen Edwards on The Walking Dead, plays conspiracy theorist Frank Cody on Mr. Robot, and appeared alongside Aasif Mandvi in the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of Ayad Akhtars' Disgraced at Lincoln Center. He also appeared as legendary rock critic Lester Bangs in the critically acclaimed one-man play "How to Be A Rock Critic," which he co-wrote with his wife Jessica Blank. "How to Be A Rock Critic" received a completion commission from Center Theatre Group and was produced at the Kirk Douglas Theater, ArtsEmerson, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company before being produced Off-Broadway at The Public Theater. "How to Be A Rock Critic" received critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Billboard and other publications.
In 2017 he co-directed the film Almost Home with Jessica Blank based on her novel of the same name.
Erik co-wrote the critically acclaimed play The Exonerated with his wife, Jessica Blank. It ran Off Broadway in New York City for nearly two years. The play is based on interviews they conducted with more than 40 exonerated death row inmates. In 2002, it was staged at The Actors' Gang Theater. It was nominated for five Ovation Awards and three NAACP Awards, winning the Ovation for Best World Premiere Play. The New York production of The Exonerated ran for more than 600 performances off-Broadway, toured nationally, and won Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Fringe First, and Herald Angel Awards. It received awards from Amnesty International, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Death Penalty Focus. It has been translated into French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish and has been produced hundreds of times nationally and internationally, including in Thailand, China and Iran.
Jensen and Blank wrote a second documentary play, Aftermath, based on interviews they conducted in 2008 with Iraqi civilian refugees in Jordan. Aftermath was produced Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, was nominated for two Drama League awards and toured internationally for two years. They have been commissioned for a third documentary play by The Public Theater with original music by Grammy award winning songwriter Steve Earle.
Living Justice, Blank and Jensen's memoir on the making of The Exonerated, was published in 2005 by Simon and Schuster.
Jensen wrote and co-created the graphic novel "The Reconcilers", which was published in 2010 by Viking Warrior press.