Christopher Burris

Director - Pass Over

THIS SEASON: Director – Pass Over

BIO: Christopher Burris is an artist and educator with a BA from UNC Chapel Hill, and an MFA from UC San Diego. He has directed several off-Broadway productions including the revival of A.R. Gurney’s THE FOURTH WALL, the staged version of B-BOY BLUES by James Earl Hardy, and GEESE by Samuel D. Hunter. Burris has taught at NYU, Pace University, Laguardia Community College, and UC San Diego, after years with New York Film Academy and as a teaching artist with The Leadership Program, Queens Theatre in the Park, and CUNY’s Creative Arts Team. He was a ’21-’22 visiting professor at UNC School of the Arts in Winston Salem. Other academic directing credits include PASSING STRANGE and DETROIT ’67 at UNCSA, MEASURE FOR MEASURE for NYU Graduate Acting, DARK OF THE MOON at Pace, and WHEN WE WAKE UP DEAD at Brooklyn College. Regional directing credits include Scott Joplin’s opera TREEMONISHA in Newark, Tracey Conyer Lee’s JEFF recommended RABBIT SUMMER in Chicago, and THE BROTHERS SIZE, which received five 2016 Broadway World Award nominations including Best Play and Best Director. He was a director for the inaugural year of the Obie-winning 48 Hours in Harlem (POTATO SALAD by Keith Josef Adkins), as well as the first four years of Obie-winning Fire This Time Festival, culminating in their premiere full length production LORDS RESISTANCE by Camille Darby. Burris has an extensive resume as a professional actor in theater (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, The Women’s Project, North Shore Music Theatre), television (Damage Control, Guiding Light, As the World Turns), commercials (NY Post, Dr. Scholl’s, ESPN360), and voice-overs (Grand Theft Auto V, McDonalds, Burger King, AT&T, Verizon,, Goodyear). Both his writing and photography have been featured in American Theatre Magazine. Awards: 2017 Drama League Artist Residency with Derek Lee McPhatter’s BRING THE BEAT BACK, SDC Foundation Observership (Emily Mann), Lincoln Center Directors Lab 2014.

Member: SDC, Drama League Director’s Council & Nomination Committee.

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