Christine Calkins Steele

Assistant Professor of Theatre
Department Chair
MFA, Goddard College
MA, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham (UK)
BA, University of Iowa

As a professional theatre artist, Chrissy worked as an actor, director, and teacher of drama in and around the Chicago area. She was a co-founder and ensemble member with Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre Company and Chicspeare Production Company. With Kaleidoscope, she developed and performed socially conscious participational plays for children throughout the Chicago area. She worked with Chicspeare to bring Shakespeare into schools and local communities. Chrissy was an original company member with Moving Dock Theatre Company and with the Iowa Shakespeare Project. She performed in Moving Dock’s first production, Galway Bay, and toured for two seasons with the ISP’s Iowa Shakespeare Festival. Other notable work in Chicago includes Kabuki Medea with acclaimed director Shozo Sato, The Three Musketeers at the Organic Theatre, Ivanhoe at the Ivanhoe Theatre, and the roles of Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Marina in Pericles in repertory at the Chicago Shakespeare Company. She was the associate artistic director with Arts/Lanes Productions for three years, developing, directing, and performing Shakespeare productions for student audiences.

As a teacher of creative drama and movement, Chrissy has led workshops and extended residences for students from pre-school to high school. She has created programs for special needs students, including physically challenged children, visually impaired youth, and inner city populations.

Chrissy is a Designated Linklater Teacher (2012) and is working on certification in Eginton Alignment.  Additional professional training includes Laban movement work, Michael Chekhov acting technique, and the Shakespeare First Folio text work. She has a B.A. in theatre arts and education, an M.A. in Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the cultural history of Renaissance England, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts.

At Principia College, Chrissy has taught acting, voice, oral interpretation of literature, theatre history, and dramatic literature, as well as directed mainstage productions for the College, including The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Brecht), Robin Hood (Don Nigro), Hiding in the Open (Obolensky),and the collegiate premiere of Jill Santoriello’s musical A Tale of Two Cities.She has also led two abroads to England, focusing on Shakespeare, with English professor Dr. Heidi Snow.  As a part of the abroad program, she has directed Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing andPericles.

Professor Steele is a member of:

  • VASTA – Voice and Speech Trainers Association
  • College Theatre Council of Greater St. Louis
  • Phi Beta Kappa