Christopher Burris is an artist and educator. He has taught for NYFA, The Leadership Program, Ars Nova, (among others) and is currently an adjunct professor at Pace University. As a director he is mostly know for new works, such as the world premiere of Geese by Samuel D. Hunter at Theatre Row, and The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. Recently, he directed a “must-see” production of The Brothers Size for Luna Stage. Other new works include When We Wake Up Dead (Brooklyn College), Lords Resistance (The Fire This Time), and the 2010 FringeNYC smash, A Raisin In The Salad: Black Plays For White People. Christopher has directed readings/workshops for The New Group, Labyrinth, Ensemble Studio Theatre Lab, National Black Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Epic Theatre Ensemble, The New Black Fest, and many others. As an actor, he has been seen on television (The Guiding Light, Damage Control), stage (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse), commercials (Dr. Scholl’s, ESPN360), and a host of voice-overs (Grand Theft Auto V, McDonald’s). Member of Actors Equity, SDC Associate Member.
What’s one thing you wish the business world would borrow from the acting world?
Equity breaks. (Note: Actors Equity, the professional actors' union, requires a break be taken either every hour or hour and a half.)
What do you consider your personal trademark as a trainer?
Humor. And honesty. Maybe sarcasm. Indecisiveness?
Who are your favorite actors?
Like ever other human on the planet, Meryl Streep comes first. No one lives in the moment like her.
Jeffrey Wright. He is both smart and internally messy in the most satisfying way possible.
What is your hidden talent?
Photography. I just picked up the camera again for the first time in decades. I was on the yearbook staff in middle school and took photos of all the sporting events and teams.
You’ve won a vacation of your choosing! Where are you going?
Iceland, to see my friend Lovisa, and meet her husband and kids.