Eric is a classically trained actor based in the Midwest. A native of Milwaukee, he graduated from the U. MN/Guthrie Program in 2016.
His artistic work is centered on the belief that poetic language creates unique, inclusive spaces for us to share big ideas and collectively explore what it means to be human.
When not onstage, Eric works with horses and writes both poetry and prose. He is also deeply passionate about the outdoors.
“Eric Schabla cuts a suitably regal figure as the title character… It’s not an easy thing to carry off the traditional Shakespearian hero and make him seem anything other than a valiant cardboard cutout of heroism. Schabla gives the hero a rugged depth, anchoring the center of the drama big enough to feel epic and intimate enough to capture the individual tolls of war.” - Shepherd Express review of HENRY V at Door County Shakespeare (2019)
“Eric Schabla is an hilarious, determinedly devoted and caring Demetrius.”
- Chicago Theatre & Concert review of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM AT Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (2019)
“I can’t recall an “As You like It” in which oft-overlooked characters (such as Eric Schabla’s Silvius) play so boldly and accessibly” -
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel review of AS YOU LIKE IT at American Players Theatre (2018)