Born in San Diego, CA; daughter of David and Janice Shaffer. Education: U.S. International University, B.F.A. (magna cum laude); University of Arizona, M.F.A.; trained with California Ballet Company. Avocational Interests: Animals, raising and taming wild burros, western horseback riding.
Career: Actress and voice performer. Works as private speech coach; appeared in commercials for Sherwin Williams paint, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Mervyn's and J. C. Penney and Co. department stores, Honda and Dodge automobiles, and Fish Network; voice of cartoon characters for a documentary series on comic book super-heroes, The Learning Channel; voice for documentary specials, History Channel; guest on radio programs.
Member: Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors' Equity Association.
Three on a Match, Silverline Pictures, 1998.
Kitty, Catalina Trust, RGH/Lions Share Pictures, 1999.
Julie, West Coast, 2000.
Susan Walsh, The Socratic Method, Pothole Productions, 2001.
Christine Peterson, A Family Affair, M&L Banks/Small Planet Pictures, 2001.
Penny, The Kids Who Saved Summer, MTI Home Video, 2004.
Monica, Running Springs, Echelon Entertainment, 2005.
Also appeared in The Artists, Lucky Films; A Day in the Life of Sunnie Paradise; Little Heroes I & II; and The Second Coming.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
Heather, "Bad to the Bone," Night Man, syndicated, 1998.
First reporter, "The Upset," Hang Time, NBC, 1999.
Marjorie, "Wages of Sin," 18 Wheels of Justice, The Nashville Network, 2000.
Jamie, "Awed Couple," The King of Queens, CBS, 2005.
Anna Woods, "Carpe Demon," Charmed, The WB, 2005.
Mrs. Crenshaw, "Girl Power," Drake & Josh, Nickelodeon, 2005.
Mind of Mencia, Comedy Central, 2005.
Appeared as female reporter in Clubhouse, CBS; also appeared in episodes of Boy Meets World; Pensacola, CBS; Silk Stalkings, USA Network; Veronica's Closet; and The Young and the Restless, CBS.
Television Appearances; Series:
Voices of Harumi Chono and Maria for English version, Mousou dairnin (anime; also known as Paranoia Agent), Cartoon Network, 2004.
Host of music videos for the series Cafe Sound, Access Entertainment Network; host, Vacation Challenge, Travel Channel.
Television Appearances; Other:
Also appeared in Fight for Fame, E! Entertainment Television; The Hollow Men, Comedy Central; The Kids Who Saved Summer, HBO; and One Minute Soap, ABC and The Disney Channel; featured host of Open Call, TV Guide Channel.
Appeared in The Grapes of Wrath, Arizona Repertory Theatre; Harvey, Laguna Playhouse; Lysistrata and The Merchant of Venice, Arizona Repertory Theatre; and Scapin, Del Mar Theatre Company.
Voice of Lily for English version, Spirit of Wonder: China-san no yuutsu (anime; also known as Spirit of Wonder: Miss China's Melancholy and Spirit of Wonder: Miss China's Ring), Toshiba-EMI K.K., 1992.
Voices of Yuka Kiritake and Aquira, Nazca (anime), Pioneer LDC, 1998.
Voice of Kaoru Satsuki for English version, Nanako kaitai shinsyo (anime; also known as Amazing Nurse Nanako and Nanako's Anatomy Report), Geneon Entertainment, 2003.
Voice of vice principal, I My Me! Strawberry Eggs (anime), JONU Media, 2003.
Voices of cabin attendant and Tachibana reporter for English version, R.O.D. the TV (anime; also known as Read or Die: The TV), Geneon Entertainment, 2003.
Voice of Promotor's lover in English version, Texhnolyze (anime), Pioneer Entertainment, 2004.
Voice of Hazuki's mother for English version, Takahashi rumiko gekijou: Ningyo no mori (anime; also known as Mermaid Forest, Rumic Theatre: Mermaid Forest, Rumiko Takahashi Anthology, and Ningyo no mori), Geneon Entertainment, 2004.
Voice of Cynthia for English version, Licensed by Royalty (anime), Pioneer Entertainment, 2004.
Voice for English version, SpellForce: Shadow of the Phoenix (video game), JoWood Productions Software, 2004.
Voice of Keiko Hamasaki, The Melody of Oblivion (anime; also known as Boukyaku no senritsu), Geneon Entertainment, 2004.
Appeared as voice of Deene in the anime video Dangaizer 3 (also known as Choushin hime dangaizer 3), Right Stuf International; and as voice of Kanu Uncho, Ikki tousen (anime; also known as Dragon Girls: Ikki Tousen, Strength of a Thousand, and Bakunyu Hyper-Battle Ikki Tousen), Geneon Entertainment. Appeared in the music videos "Just Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Vassar, 2000; "The Dope Show" by Marilyn Manson; "Everlong" by Foo Fighters; "The Little Things" by India Arie; and "Never Again" by Nickelback. Several of the anime videos were originally broadcast in Japan as television series or miniseries.
San Francisco Chronicle, February 21, 2003, p. D5.
Erica Shaffer Official Site, http://ericashaffer.com, October 18, 2005.