For 12 years, Chrissy was a professional 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 participative 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.
Her professional training includes the Linklater voice technique, Meisner acting training, Laban movement work, Michael Chekhov acting technique, and the Shakespeare First Folio text work. She has a BA in theatre arts and education from Iowa University, an MA in Shakespeare and the cultural history of Renaissance from the Shakespeare Institute in England, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College.
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, Robin Hood by Don Nigro, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, 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.
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