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Erica Bennett is a playwright and tenured librarian at Fullerton College, where, as Systems Librarian, her primary responsibility is to coordinate the use of technology in the library.
Her short documentary Mendez v. Westminster: Families for Equality has aired on KOCE-TV (PBS) since October 2010. It is centered about her play El Primer Dia de Clases, which was performed by Fullerton College Mendez Project students for the community and local high school students in 2008-2009.
Her plays Freed and Jolly and Bean were presented in staged readings in 2009 at, respectively, the Laguna Beach New Play Festival and Newport Theatre Arts Center.
In November 2011, after a two-year development, her play Water Closet was read by the White Horse Theater Company in New York City at the Dramatists Guild of America Frederick Loewe Room. The play was workshopped and read by the Fullerton College Playwrights Festival in January 2012. In May 2012, it was selected by the Orange County Playwrights Alliance “OCPA Studios” for a reading at the Hunger Artists Theatre, which she directed.
Also, in November 2011, her historiography “California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA): The First Twenty Years” was included in ABC-CLIOs print publication Pathways to Progress: Issues and Advances in Latino Librarianship.
Bennett received her B.A. in Theater Arts from California State University, Fullerton, where she studied acting with Donn Finn and Jose Quintero. Upon graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she studied acting with Stella Adler and Arthur Mendoza. She was featured in Benicio Del Toro’s short film Submission. She worked for nearly ten years in dramatic television production on such shows as The Young Riders, Gabriel’s Fire and Under Suspicion and as a writer’s and development assistant on The Big Easy.
Bennett began her library studies at Santa Ana College, where she received an A.A. in Library Technology in 2001. She holds a Master of Library & Information Science degree from UCLA and is a member of the Society of California Archivists, the Dramatists Guild of America and the Orange County Playwrights Alliance.
Library science, playwriting