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Erik Patterson is an American screenwriter, television writer, and playwright.

Life and careerEdit

Erik is a graduate of Occidental College and the British American Drama Academy.

His plays have been produced by Playwrights' Arena, the Los Angeles Theatre Center,[1] Theatre of NOTE, Evidence Room, and The Actors' Gang, and developed through the Lark Play Development Center, Moving Arts, Black Dahlia, Naked Angels, and the Mark Taper Forum. He has had monologues published by Heinemann and Smith & Kraus.

Along with writing partner Jessica Scott, he has written screenplays for Warner Premiere, ABC Family, the Disney Channel, The Hatchery, and Universal.

Erik currently lives in Los Angeles, California.


He won a 2012 Humanitas Prize for "Radio Rebel".

He won a 2010 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Children's Script (Long Form) for Another Cinderella Story.[2]

He was nominated in the 40th Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series for "R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour".[3] He was nominated in the same category for the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards.

His play He Asked For It[4] was nominated for a 2009 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Los Angeles Theater.[5] It was nominated for a 2008 Ovation Award for World Premiere Playwriting, as well as being named one of the Top 10 Plays of 2008 by Frontiers Magazine.[6] In 2003, his play Yellow Flesh Alabaster Rose won a Backstage West Garland Award for Best Playwriting and was a finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award. In 2004, his play Red Light Green Light was nominated for an Ovation Award for World Premiere Playwriting.

His play "One of the Nice Ones" was nominated for a 2016 Ovation Award for World Premiere Playwriting.



  • One of the Nice Ones (2016)
  • "The Sex Lives of Strangers" (unproduced)[7]
  • Sick (2010)[8]
  • He Asked for It (2008)[9]
  • Red Light Green Light (2004)[10]
  • Yellow Flesh Alabaster Rose (2003)[11]
  • Tonseisha (2001)

Film & TVEdit

He has written several episodes of the television series R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour including:

  • "Best Friend Forever" (1.12)
  • "Wrong Number" (1.16)
  • "The Perfect Brother" (1.20)
  • "Pumpkinhead" (2.5)
  • "Brush With Madness" (2.6)
  • "The Hole" (2.10)
  • "Stage Fright" (2.15)
  • "Grampires: Part 1" (3.1)
  • "Grampires: Part 2" (3.2)
  • "Poof de Fromage" (3.15)
  • "Funhouse"
  • "Bad Egg"
  • "Near Mint Condition"
  • "Return of the Pumpkinheads"


  1. ^ Jenelle RIley, "Back Stage Interviews Erik Patterson", Back Stage, 2010-04-18
  2. ^ Jeff Leins, "Hurt Locker, Up in the Air Win at WGAs" Archived 2012-06-03 at the Wayback Machine, News In Film, 2010-02-21.
  3. ^ Nellie Andreeva, "Daytime Emmy Nominations", Deadline Hollywood, 2013-05-01.
  4. ^ Alek & Steph, "OhLaLa Mag Interviews Erik Patterson", Oh La La Mag, 2009-07-13
  5. ^ GLAAD, "20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards" Archived 2010-07-13 at the Wayback Machine,
  6. ^ Les Spindle, "Ask and You Shall Receive", Backstage West, 2009-06-10
  7. ^ Kathleen Dennehy, "Erik Patterson interview with Kathleen Dennehy", Connotation Press, 2013-05-01.
  8. ^ Joshua Fardon, "Erik Patterson interview with Connotation Press", Connotation Press, 2011-08-08.
  9. ^ Amita Parashar, "He Asked For It" Archived 2012-07-21 at, The Advocate.
  10. ^ Slim, "Mother and Child Union", Kotori Magazine, 2004-05-13.
  11. ^ Slim, "Yellow Flesh Alabaster Rose", Kotori Magazine, 2003-02-15.

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