BA Gettysburg College, 1992
MFA Brandeis University, 1995
Chris is Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Chair of the department at Gettysburg College where he has directed over twenty-five productions, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; King Lear, Speech and Debate, Circle Mirror Transformation; The Imaginary Invalid; The Story; Measure for Measure; A Streetcar Named Desire; and A Chorus Line among others. He spent six seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival as co-director of The Greylock Project, teaching Playmaking, directing, and acting in the program which pairs at-risk youth with professionals in the Festival in the process of creating original theatre.
Prior to teaching at Gettysburg, Chris lived in New York City for ten years performing in productions at Bleecker Street Theatre; HERE Arts Center; The Brick Theatre in Brooklyn; and PS 122 among other venues. He has also acted regionally at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA; Perseverance Theater in Juneau, AK; The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre on Cape Cod; Theatre Project in Baltimore; a national tour of The Miser; a tour of Brazil with contemporary dance company Dona Orpheline.
With collaborator Richard Harrington, he co-authored and performs in three award-winning, interactive comedy pieces: Hotel California (Official selection, HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival); Nharcolepsy; and Cabaret Terrarium, all of which played in New York City and in several theatres or festivals throughout North America. He also created and performed the solo physical comedy pieces Nhar Moves in Ottawa and Action Figure in Winnipeg.
He studied Masks and Clown with Philippe Gaulier in New York and at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in France; Aitor Basauri; David Shiner; and Jango Edwards. He teaches Clown regularly at the Williams College Summer Theatre Lab.