Eric Overmyer was born in Boulder, Colorado, and was raised in Seattle, Washington. He attended Reed College in Oregon, majoring in theater. After graduation, he did graduate work at the Asolo Conservatory, Florida State University, and at Brooklyn College and the City College of New York. After serving as the literary manager of Playwrights Horizon from 1982 to 1984, he was associate artist at the Center Stage in Baltimore. He taught at the Yale School of Drama, where he was visiting associate professor of playwriting, 1991-1992, at the Yale Repertory Theatre, where he was associate artist, 1991-1992, and at the Mark Taper Forum Playwriting Workshop, where he was a mentor, 1992. He has lived in New York and New Orleans and worked in Los Angeles. He married actress Ellen McElduff. He wrote extensively for television and in 2000 was a nominee for best writer in a miniseries or movie for his work on Homicide: The Movie. In 2000 he also became a coproducer of the American Broadcasting Company’s television series Gideon’s Crossing.