LONG STORY SHORT
Native Son of The South : born and raised in Georgia...
Adopted Son of The Midwest : trained and started work during five years in St. Louis, continued seven years in the business in Chicago...
Naturalized Citizen of California : seven heavenly years in Santa Cruz, CA and environs...
Mountain Man for a Moment : four years in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky...
Gypsy : four years on the North American Road...
New Yorker : two years claiming the Big City as home base...
Repeat Offender : now, back out on The Road...
THE PARTY LINE
Just prior to hitting the road with the first national tour of Memphis, Christopher spent the first half of 2011 "fiddling about" in the Berkshires as Uncle Ernie in The Who's Tommy and seducing the somewhat stunned audiences of Dayton, OH as Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone. Latin- and Sino-American relations will never be the same. Trust me.
His New York debut was as Hitler (yes, that Hitler) in The History Of War, a new musical by composer Deborah Abramson, lyricist Amanda Yesnowitz, and book writer Chip Zien (yes, that Chip Zien) as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Before that, he played the entire North American tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot, directed by Mike Nichols and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. His Mrs. Galahad was seen throughout the U.S and Canada, and his King Arthur led the company in San Diego, San Jose, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Kansas City, Tucson, Nashville, Jacksonville, Ft. Myers, and Hershey, Pennsylvania, where the air really does smell of chocolate.
Regional acting credits include: Copenhagen (Heisenberg), 1776 (Rutledge), The Lion in Winter (Geoffrey), Twelve Angry Men (Juror #2), Measure for Measure (Claudio), Ostrovsky’s A Family Affair (Lazar), Candida (Lexy), Trask & Fenn (William Fenn), and The Boys Next Door (Barry). Regional directing credits include: Camelot, Die Fledermaus, Guys & Dolls: In Concert with Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Billy Bishop Goes To War, Wesley Middleton’s Tomato Plant Girl (director/composer), James Still’s Meet Me Incognito (director/composer), and the world premier of José Cruz Gonzáles’ Earth Songs.
Christopher has been an artistic associate with Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY, The Theatre Building in Chicago, and Metro Theater Company in St. Louis. He is proud to have taught with and designed curriculum for the internationally recognized education department of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Christopher graduated from and has served as guest director and faculty member at Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre & Dance, St. Louis. Born in South Georgia, he has made his home in St. Louis, Chicago, Santa Cruz, CA, and the mountains of Harlan County, Kentucky. Before packing his bags for the Memphis tour he hid out in the wilds of New York’s Upper West Side. He is a member of Actors' Equity, The Screen Actors' Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
The good ones are never good enough and the bad ones are upsetting.
- Richard Burton
I try—and mostly succeed—in ignoring reviews. The few that make it into my consciousness by some nefarious route never fail to give credence to Mr. Burton's lament. In any case, if you want to see my reviews, Google me. They're out there.
Screen Actors' Guild / American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
2011 – present
The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
1999 – present
American Alliance for Theatre Education
1999 – present
The United States Center for the International Association of Theater for Children & Young People
1998 – present
Actors' Equity Association
1994 – present
Artistic Associate, Geva Theatre, Rochester, NY
1996 – 2006
Artistic Associate, Metro Theater Company, St. Louis, MO
1998 – 2000
Artistic Associate, Theatre Building Chicago/New Tuners, Chicago, IL
1994 – 1996