Erica Weiss is a Jeff Award-nominated director and filmmaker based in Chicago. She was the recipient of Goodman Theatre’s Michael Maggio Directing Fellowship in 2014, is an ensemble member of The Gift Theatre Company and was the associate artistic director of Route 66 Theatre Company for four years. She recently directed the Gift’s critically acclaimed production of The Grapes of Wrath. Her primary passions lie in the development of new work and bringing female voices to the stage and screen. Her directing work includes the world premieres of Jerre Dye's Cicada (Route 66 Theatre) and Distance (Strawdog Theatre Company). Ms. Weiss is a longtime and frequent collaborator with writer Caitlin Parrish, directing their world premiere productions of The Downpour (Jeff Award nominations for Best Production, Best Director, Best New Work and Best Lead Actress), A Twist of Water with Route 66 Theatre Company and off-Broadway at 59E59 and The Burials at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She and Parrish co-directed their first feature film The View From Tall, which has screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival. Up next, she will direct the world premiere of Stacy Amma Osei-Kuffour's Hang Man at The Gift Theatre.