Director / Producer
Stage and Virtual Reality
"I strive to bring authenticity to the heart and art of storytelling."
Chris is a theatre director and producer with over thirty years experience in the performing arts industry. He worked as an actor for more than twenty years performing in musicals, plays, film and TV. He has been directing and producing since 2000 and his work includes musical theatre, opera, classical and contemporary drama and new writing.
In 2017, Chris began pioneering work and research into the fusion of theatre and narrative virtual reality. He has been awarded two grants from Arts Council England to pursue this research. With this support from ACE he created a narrative 360° Shakespeare VR experience under the mentorship of noted VR company, Visualise. He also developed a new CGI LGBT drama, Reorientation,with narrative VR company, Breaking Fourth. In 2019, Chris, along with two theatre colleagues, transformed his theatre company into a new VR storytelling studio and Relative Motion is now working with leading arts organisations to develop their digital offerings through virtual reality storytelling. Relative Motion is presently being funded by ACE and Digital Catapult to develop and tour a new Shakespeare VR experience. The company has also been commissioned by The Space (BBC & ACE) to pioneer the creation of Puccini's Tosca as a live-captured VR experience.
Chris's stage directing credits include: La Traviata (Opera Brava, 2019), the 2016/17 West End Up Close concert series, The Theory of Relativity by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill (nominated for Best Production of a New Musical – Broadway World UK/West End) and the UK premieres of Bright Lights Big City and john & jen. As part of the freelance staff directing team at the Royal Opera House, Chris worked on their productions of Mitridaté Re di Ponto by Graham Vick, Norma and Oedipe by La Fura Dels Baus and Manon Lescaut by Jonathan Kent.
In addition to his directing work, Chris was the head of movement at the RADA associated Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts (2007-2016). He developed a movement paradigm grounded in the work of Rudolf Laban and he fuses this with aspects of Butoh and Viewpoints to create a multifaceted framework on which an actor can play, create and deconstruct text and physicality. This work focuses on training the actor to work holistically, to act a as ‘body-mind’; to react and respond to their world as opposed to thinking their way through performances. This approach was born from his early teaching and directing work in Canada and further developed through the study and exploration of embodiment theory and Laban choreographic principles during his MA in directing at RCSSD. This work has been expanded in recent years through research into the neuroscience of emotion and how vulnerability affects the actor’s process. Since 2017, Chris has been visiting lecturer at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.