Jensen, Erik

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Jensen, Erik


Married Jessica Blank (a playwright and actress). Education: Carnegie Mellon University, graduated.


Actor, producer, and writer.


Dramatists Guild of America.

Awards, Honors:

Ovation Award, best world premiere play, LA Stage Alliance, named the best play of 2002 by Margot Jefferson of the New York Times, citation as one of the top three plays of 2002, Ovation Award nomination, best director, and other Ovation Award nominations, all 2002, Drama Desk Award, unique theatrical experience, Lucille Lortel Award, unique theatrical experience, League of Off–Broadway Theatres and Producers, Outer Critics Circle Award, outstanding off–Broadway play, John Gassner Award, Outer Critics Circle, and Defender of Justice Award, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, all 2003, San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Award, best touring production, 2004, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Theatre awards, Justice in Arts and Media Award, Death Penalty Focus, Scales of Justice Award, Court TV, and Hull–Warriner Award nomination, Dramatists Guild of America, all with Jessica Blank, for the stage play The Exonerated; Silver Gavel Award (with Blank), American Bar Association, 2006, for the television movie The Exonerated.


Stage Appearances:

Understudy, Corpus Christi, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, New York City, 1998.

Costa Astrakhan, Y2K, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1999–2000.

Appeared as Mephistopheles in Dr. Faustus; appeared in other productions, including The Comedy of Errors, The Double Inconstancy, The Living, and Personal Effects.

Stage Work:

(With Jessica Blank) Director, The Exonerated, Actors' Gang, touring production, beginning 2002.

Film Appearances:

Kid on steps, Striking Distance, Columbia, 1993.

Male student, The Dark Half, Orion, 1993.

John Meyers, Destination Unknown, 1996.

Twisted, Leisure Time Features, 1996.

Dave, Ripe, Trimark Pictures, 1997.

Dean, Colin Fitz, Baby Shark/River One Films, 1997.

Stevie, Arresting Gena, Good Machine/Kardna–Swinsky, 1997.

Tyler, Julian Po (also known as The Tears of Julian Po), Fine Line Features, 1997.

Earl, Montana (also known as Nothing Personal), Columbia/TriStar, 1998.

Richie, Above Freezing, 3DD Entertainment, 1998.

Anima, Other Pictures/Tangent Films, 1998.

Ray, The Love Letter, DreamWorks, 1999.

Third man, Cherry, Showcase Entertainment, 1999.

Frankie the Snake, Brooklyn Sonnet (also known as Borough of Kings), Lions Gate Films/Paragon Film Group, 2000.

Second drug user, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (also known as Book of Shadows: Blair Witch Project 2, BW2, and BWP2), Artisan Entertainment, 2000.

Derek, Black Knight, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2001.

Producer, Heartbreak Hospital, Seventh Art Releasing, 2002.

Todd Franklin, The Year That Trembled, Kingdom County Productions, 2003.

Ian Waye, Undermind, Wellspring Media, 2004.

David Richards, Messengers, Push Worldwide, 2005.

Ewan, 5up2down (also known as 5up 2down), 2005.

Gary Whitlock, Serial, Arbo Pictures, 2005.

Photographer, The Naked Brothers Band, 2005.

Carl, The House Is Burning, Reverse Angle Pictures, 2006.

Larry, Oranges, 2007.

Film Work:

Director and editor of the documentary Main Street.

Television Appearances; Series:

Jeffrey Sinclair, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as C.S.I., CSI: Las Vegas, CSI: Weekends, and Les experts), CBS, 2003–2006.

Jeff, Love Monkey, CBS and VH1, 2006.

Thurman Munson, The Bronx Is Burning, ESPN, beginning 2007.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Frankie Lips, The Last Don II (also known as Mario Puzo's "The Last Don II"), CBS, 1998.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Boat owner, Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace (also known as Dead and Alive, In the Line of Duty, In the Line of Duty: Mob Justice, and Mob Justice), ABC, 1991.

Thug, What She Doesn't Know (also known as Shades of Gray), NBC, 1992.

Mooney, A Horse for Danny, ABC, 1995.

Roland Fantaine, Inflammable, CBS, 1995.

Jeff, The Exonerated, Court TV 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Joey Springfield, "Coma," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1994.

Jeffrey, "Lunar Eclipse," Central Park West (also known as C.P.W.), CBS, 1995.

George Harding, "Grief," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1998.

Feldman, "Perception," Deadline, NBC, 2000.

Feldman, "Just Lie Back," Deadline, Trio, 2001.

Larry, "Transformed," Third Watch, NBC, 2002.

Gaby's father, "The Real World Rittenhouse," Strong Medicine, Lifetime, 2004.

Phillip Terrance, "Blood Ties," Alias, ABC, 2004.

Ring maker, "Happy," Rescue Me (also known as Rescue Me: FDNY), FX Channel, 2005.

Some sources cite an appearance as Ian in an episode of Dellaventura, CBS.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Mutrix, Swift Justice, UPN, 1996.

Feldman, Deadline, NBC, 2000.

The Dark, TNT, 2005.

Jeff, Love Monkey, CBS, 2006.

Television Work; Movies:

Coproducer, The Exonerated, Court TV, 2005.

Radio Appearances:

Actor in radio plays broadcast by National Public Radio.

Radio Work:

Producer of radio plays broadcast by National Public Radio.


Writings for the Stage:

(With Jessica Blank) The Exonerated, produced by the Culture Project, 45 Bleecker Theatre, New York City, 2000 and 2002–2004, produced by Actors' Gang, touring production, beginning 2002, also produced at other venues.


With Jessica Blank, wrote Gimme Noise.

Teleplays; Movies:

The Exonerated (based on the stage play by Jensen and Jessica Black), Court TV, 2005.


(With Jessica Blank) Living Justice: Love, Freedom, and the Making of "The Exonerated," Atria, 2005.

With Blank, contributor to periodicals, including The Believer.



Gothamist,, April 11, 2005.