Before they arrived at the NAC for rehearsals, we asked a few questions to the members of the 2014-15 Ensemble about themselves.
1) What are you working on over the summer?
I am currently re-writing Dust with Jonathan Garfinkel and just directed a workshop of the script in Toronto. I'm completing a play for the Blyth Festival about the family of Matthew Dinning, a soldier from Wingham, Ontario. And my partner and I are having our first baby in September, so I'm working on that at the moment too!
2) What are you looking most forward to when you arrive at the NAC?
Being back in beautiful Ottawa.
3) How did you get involved in acting?
The first play I acted in was at Brother Andre Catholic High School in Markham, Ontario. I was in grade nine and it was a collective creation.
4) What’s the most interesting thing that has happened to you on stage?
In Tibilisi, Republic of Georgia, running into the wings to get a handgun from the theatre's security guard, to bring onstage with me in the following scene.
Night (co-production with Human Cargo in association with the Northern Arts and Culture Centre, Yellowknife and Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse).
Christopher is an actor, director and playwright residing in Toronto. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Human Cargo.
Selected acting credits include After Miss Julie (Red One Theatre), Civility, Andromache, and Hamlet (Necessary Angel/Luminato/World Stage), Stones in his Pockets (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Return: The Sarajevo Project (Theatrefront), Winter’s Tale, Chorus for Disapproval, Play about the Baby (Soulpepper).
Recent directing credits for Human Cargo include Dust (Human Cargo/Alberta Theatre Projects/Ajoka Theatre, Pakistan), and Night. Since 2010 Night has toured extensively across the country and throughout the Canadian arctic, completing a nine-week tour in 2014 with performances in Kugluktuk - Nunavut, NACC-Yellowknife, the PuSh Festival – Vancouver, Cape Dorset - Nunavut, Magnus Theatre – Thunder Bay, Public Energy – Peterborough, Alderville and Curve Lake First Nations, Reykjavik - Iceland and Nuuk – Greenland. Christopher recently spent four weeks in China developing The China Project, a Canadian and Chinese co-production. Other directing credits include Mary’s Wedding (Grand Theatre); The Bear (Preface Theatre/The Art Gallery of Ontario); I Am Yours (Equity Showcase Theatre); The Crack Walker (Trinity Theatre, Dublin); assistant director on Medea (Sardapi Theatre, Republic of Georgia) and Vote (Theatre for Change, Azerbaijan).
As a playwright, Christopher is developing a play in Israel called The Runner and is currently writing a play for the Blyth Festival, where he was their Playwright in Residence in 2013, about the life of Canadian soldier Matthew Dinning. Christopher was the winner of the 2008 KM Hunter Award for Theatre and is the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ 2012 John Hirsch Prize for directing.
Film/TV: Murdoch Mysteries (CBC).