I grew up in Southern California, playing outside barefoot and in and out of the pool as much as possible. I LOVED to dance and sing and even had a solo concert in the mall once (completely impromptu) as a 5 year old. I just had to dance to the music and decided that mall tile floor was the place. I eventually grew into a Broadway performer, TV/Film actor, Voice Specialist, Acting Coach, University Professor & owner of Erin Wilson Studio. So yeah, you could say that I still love it.
I have had the honor of performing on Broadway, in numerous National Tours and I've worked for the Hallmark Channel, Netflix, TBS, TNT.
Studying Musical Theater at Brigham Young University was incredible and then I moved to NYC. Early on I worked for many lovely theaters across the US before originating the role of Shen Shen and understudying Madame Morrible in the record-breaking show of Wicked (2nd National Tour). I loved playing Madame Morrible, the Midwife, and Shen Shen in all three Wicked US companies: 1st National, 2nd National, and Broadway! It was so cool to stay with a show for that long and learn the business from a different perspective.
Some of my favorite roles include Sister Mary-Martin-of-Tours in the national tour of Sister Act and Sister Mary Patrick for NCT, The Witch in Into the Woods, Cha Cha in Grease (x's 3!), Dolly Tate in Annie Get Your Gun and every show at THE MUNY to name a few. TV/Film: Public Morals (TNT), directed by Edward Burns, Tales of the City (Netflix) with Laura Linney, Holiday for Heroes (Hallmark Channel), The Last OG with Tracy Morgan (TBS).
I continue to work on my craft with some of the very best as well as run EWS to students worldwide. I am also a professor in Theater and Music for Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University which still blows my mind! And yet, as much as I love performing and teaching, I am most obsessed with my role as Auntie Erin to my nieces and nephews!
A few years ago, I was in a Broadway show that I had sung for a very long time. I had some bad habits built-in and worked around tricky parts of my voice in order to get through 8 shows a week, but I KNEW it could be better.
I took VERY expensive voice lessons from a high profile teacher in NYC to help...and always left with strain and some irritation. Talk about a HUGE frustration. I was told this was normal. And yet, I KNEW it wasn't right for me, and I knew it wasn't normal.
I found my voice teacher who teaches with the IVA method and within 2 lessons I was singing with amazing freedom and quality that I hadn't ever experienced. It completely CHANGED ME FOR THE BETTER as a singer. (Slick Wicked reference there...)
THIS is why I teach this method and why I started EWS. Expensive and trendy lessons don't always equal good technique.. learning to balance your voice from the singer's perspective will change you! It changed me and I have the freedom to sing just about anything now. So what are you waiting for?!?