As a theater educator for about 18 years, many theatre experiences have led Chris to growth as an actor, director, student, technician, and teacher. His passion for theatre is evident in the energy, enthusiasm, and leadership demonstrated in every production and teaching experience. When leading actors in a production, his focus is first on the process rather than product in order for all involved to learn about theatre appreciation, teamwork, and confidence. It’s more than just putting on a production for him, but instead an opportunity to connect with the community, build positive relationships, and foster outlets for students’ creativity. The technical side of theater has been his biggest challenge. However, with the implementation of the set crew and a partnership with the students at UNC-Asheville, he has been more qualified and competent to teach students about the technical aspects of theater as well.
In the summer of 2008 he decided to pursue a M.Ed. in Theater Education and an Advanced Masters in Theatre Arts at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Chris graduated with this degree in August 2011. The Master courses in his field have been beneficial in improving his technical theater teaching skills along with acting instruction and the creation of dynamic lesson planning. In Asheville, he has directed over 60 productions with youth of all ages. Chris has worked at Brevard Little Theatre and Asheville Community Theatre as a director, educator, actor, and technician. He has acted with Hendersonville Little Theatre, Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, and NC Stage Company. Chris was part of an improv troupe called Oxymorons for 3 years, and he currently direct a youth improv troupe called Chuckleberry Finn for ages 12-17 for 6 years now at the Hop off Merrimon Avenue. Theatre Arts is his passion on and offstage as well as in the classroom. When he’s not involved in a theatrical experience, he enjoys camping, hiking, art, and traveling.