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Public Culture Initiative Brings ‘Dear White People’ Cast Member to Campus

Erich Lane

The Boise State Arts and Humanities Institute (AHI) presents “Acting for Television: An Evening with Erich Lane” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12, in the Lookout Room of the Boise State Student Union Building.

Lane is a cast member of the Netflix-original series, “Dear White People,” and he stars as professional hand model Erik Thomas Layne on the Comedy Central branded series, “Handy” (episodes are available to stream at

Lane graduated from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. His recent guest roles include appearances on “Criminal Minds” and “Jane the Virgin.”

The free event, open to the public, is the third in the AHI’s Public Culture Initiative, which brings young, emerging professionals in a creative field to campus. The series focus on television appeals to campus and community members interested in hearing stories from the sets of their favorite shows.

While in Boise, Lane also will speak at the opening ceremonies of the High School Theatre Festival, an annual event at Boise State, March 12-13, that attracts hundreds of high school students from across the state. He will meet Boise State students in small groups while visiting classes in theatre and writing.

“Our speakers are experiencing success in their fields,” said Jacky O’Connor, a professor of English and co-director of AHI, “and they speak candidly with students about the challenges and rewards of the creative life.”

The Public Culture Initiative is sponsored by the Division of Research and Economic Development and the College of Arts and Sciences, with additional support from the School of the Arts, the MFA in Creative Writing, and the Department of Theatre Arts.