Theater Alum Erin Weaver Is Going Places in Leg Warmers and Roller Skates
Lead role in 'Xanadu' at D.C.-area theater kicks 2002 grad’s career into high gear
August 1, 2012
She sings. She dances. She roller skates. She speaks with an Australian accent. And all of this just months after giving birth. Erin Weaver, a 2002 Ira Brind School of Theater Arts graduate, pulled it off with style, receiving glowing reviews as the lead in the musical "Xanadu" at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va.
"It's not often that a performer working on Washington stages gets this kind of breakout opportunity – or projects as much magnetism as Weaver musters here," raves The Washington Post in its June 19, 2012, issue.
After the rigors of "Xanadu" – a spoofy musical sendup of the 1980 Olivia Newton-John movie that had Weaver belting high notes while roller skating backwards and often on only one skate – the New Jersey native (who doesn't read music and hardly knew how to skate before this role) is currently taking a much-needed break before her next role in "Crimes of the Heart." Husband and acclaimed director Aaron Posner directs this dark comedy, which runs April 2 – 28, 2013, also at Signature.
A multi-talented actress, singer and comedienne, Weaver is the recipient of a 2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Thomasina Coverly in "Arcadia," and is regularly cast in productions at Round House Theatre and Folger Theatre in the Washington, D.C., area.
She grew up in South Jersey in a theatrical family with parents who are both drama teachers. After graduating from UArts and working the Philly stages, she met Posner, co-founder of the Arden Theatre Company. The couple moved to the D.C. area about a year ago.
With Weaver garnering so much praise from her turn in "Xanadu," her career is on the fast track.
The Washington Post sums it up: "But the most radiant contribution belongs to Weaver, who, with this performance, sends a message to casting people all over the region: You have a musical, she's ready to roll."