Erica Hoelscher was born and raised in Marshalltown, Iowa, where her father was an actor and singer in the community theatre. She attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, home of the Des Moines Metro Opera with whom Erica was employed during summer months. Erica graduated Magda Cum Laude from Simpson College in 1989 with a B.A. in theatre, and then attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Erica studied at Northwestern University under Professors Virgil Johnson and Samuel Ball. She completed her M.F.A in stage design in 1993, while working in various capacities in Chicago area theatres. She accepted a faculty position at Lehigh University in 1995.
Erica has designed costumes for the Colleague's Theatre Company, NYC, Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville, NY, Media Theatre, Media, PA, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Plays and Players Theatre, the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Arden Theatre Company, the Red Square Theater Company, Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, PA. Recent and current projects include The Merry Wives of Windsor for Shakespeare in Clark Park, Hairspray at Media Theatre, and Ivona, Princess of Burgundia, for the IRC.
Erica has designed costumes, (and sometimes scenery,) for forty Lehigh University productions since 1995. Notable projects include set and costumes for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Dead Man's Cell Phone, as well as costumes for The Misanthrope and Macbeth.
Erica resides in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with her two sons and their two dogs.