Resides In

New York, N.Y.


Northwestern University, New York University


  • 30+ years of experience as an editor and copyeditor, including 13 years at Back Stage newspaper as a senior editor supervising a freelance staff of 50+ writers. Edited financial advice at for the last five years
  • Editor/copyeditor/proofreader for a law firm (Lewis and Tonachel, now defunct) and a privately managed futures fund (also now defunct)
  • Writer and theatre critic for Back Stage magazine and freelance journalist for such publications as American Theatre Magazine, the Sondheim Review, the Seattle Review, Show Music Magazine, and the Dramatist Guild Magazine, among others


Erik has worked for more than 30 years as a writer, editor, and copyeditor in the field of journalism, spending 13 years at Back Stage magazine, where he rose to become national theatre editor and the newspaper's head theatre critic. He is also a playwright, lyricist, and stage director, and his musicals have been produced off-Broadway in regional theatres across America, including the Kennedy Center, and in the U.K.

Erik is a recognized scholar of the lives and work of John Latouche and Alan Jay Lerner and wrote the liner notes for RCA's release on CD of Latouche's musical The Golden Apple. He is a former member of the New York Drama Critics' Circle and the Drama Desk, as well as a current member of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP.


Erik received his bachelors from Northwestern University with a degree in theater and earned his masters from New York University with a degree in writing for the musical theater.

Quote from Erik Haagensen

"In my work as an editor of financial articles, I take particular pleasure in making sure that the information provided is clear, concise, free of jargon, and understandable to all. I also enjoy copyediting as I edit, which I think is an integral part of an article's proper presentation."