R. Eric Thomas (Playwright)
R. Eric Thomas is a Barrymore Award-winning playwright and humorist. He is the long running host of The Moth in Philadelphia. He writes a regular column for Elle.com in which he "reads" the news. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Elle Magazine, W Magazine, Marie Claire, Man Repeller, Philadelphia Inquirer and others.
His most recent play, Time Is On Our Side, was commissioned by Simpatico Theater Project and developed with PlayPenn. It was the recipient of two 2016 Barrymore Awards, including Best New Play, and was named one of six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg American Theater Critics Association New Play Award. Of the play, The Philadelphia Inquirer raved, "it's a superbly crafted two-hour mystery... Thomas creates and entire world with seeming room for all of humanity's hopes and dreams, foibles and longings."
Other plays include Human Resources (City Theatre Summer Shorts, 2015, 2015 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwrighting, published: City Theatre Anthology 2015), the wordless puppet play Frieda The Invisible Woman (developed with Aaron Cromie, FringeArts 2015), When You Put It That Way It Just Sounds Ridiculous (2014 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwrighting).
With over a million social media shares, Eric's Elle.com column "Eric Reads the News" has quickly become an online humor staple. Covering pop culture, politics and current events, the column is a sardonic and sassy take on our world. Since its inception, it has been praised by such disparate personalities as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mariah Carey, Maxine Waters, Tamron Hall, and Tituss Burgess.
Eric has appeared on the podcasts RISK! and The Soundtrack Series multiple times; he gave a talk at the 2011 TEDxPhily conference. Since 2014 he has also worked with TED to coach TEDx speakers. He is a second year member of The Foundry, a Philadelphia playwrights lab, and a first year member of InterAct Theatre Company's CORE Playwrights program.