Stage Acting

Jeff Christian AEA

acting for the stage

From Shakespeare to Irish playwrights to new work to American classics, I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to play a wide variety of characters in a number of different genres.  A product of the rough-and-tumble Chicago storefront scene, a regional theatre training program and an edgy theatre ensemble that gave rise to major comedic talents, I bring my breadth of experience and passion to every role – whether it is outdoors, in a black box or on a lavish regional stage.  A long-time member of Actors Equity Association, I’m honored to be a core ensemble member with a number of theatre companies and am always excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with companies for the first time.

Richard III - piousRichard III

   The Weir (2017)

Lay Me Down Softly


pollock collageThe Day on Which a Man Dies

The Laramie Project

Angels in America

osborneJourney’s End

mulliganThe Shadow of a Gunman


Scenes from the Big Picture

nick at the door

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

leonato and benedickMuch Ado About Nothing

The Winter’s Tale


   The Weir (2010)

Production History

Coriolanus | Aufidius | Lakeside Shakespeare 

The Merchant of Venice | Gobbo/Duke | Lakeside Shakespeare 

The My Way Residential | Jack Quinn | Irish Theatre of Chicago 

The Weir | Jim | Irish Theatre of Chicago 

The Winter’s Tale | Polixenes | Lakeside Shakespeare 

Cymbeline | Iachimo/Belarius | Lakeside Shakespeare 

The Taming of the Shrew | Grumio | Lakeside Shakespeare 

Richard III | Richard III | Lakeside Shakespeare 

Twelfth Night | Sea Captain/Priest | Lakeside Shakespeare 

Lay Me Down Softly | Theo | Seanachai Theatre Company

The Comedy of Errors | Dromio of Syracuse | Lakeside Shakespeare

Hamlet | Claudius | Lakeside Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing | Leonato | Lakeside Shakespeare

The Shadow of a Gunman | Seumas | Seanachai Theatre Company

Macbeth | Macduff | Lakeside Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Egeus/Snug | Lakeside Shakespeare

God of Carnage | Michael/Alan (u/s) | The Goodman Theatre

The Weir | Jim | Seanachai Theatre Company

King Lear | Kent | Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre

The Day on Which a Man Dies | The Man | Tennessee Williams Festival/NPT

Henry V | Chorus/Fluellen/King | Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre

Our Father | Beaky | Seanachai Theatre Company

Scenes From The Big Picture | Dave | Seanachai Theatre Company

War | Noel | Seanachai Theatre Company

Feast | Mack | Chicago Dramatists

Henry IV | Falstaff | Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre

The Merry Wives of Windsor | Falstaff | Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre

The Grapes of Wrath | Noah Joad | Syracuse Stage/Indiana Repertory

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf | Nick | Artists’ Ensemble Theater

50 Minute Hamlet | Hamlet | Shakespeare Project of Chicago

Julius Caesar | Brutus | Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre

Twelfth Night | Malvolio | Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre

Journey’s End+ | Osborne | Seanachai Theatre Company

The Two Gentlemen of Verona | Proteus/director | Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre

Romeo & Juliet | Capulet | Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre

The Laramie Project | Belber/Doc/Galloway/Phelps | Madison Repertory Theatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Oberon/Bottom/Theseus  | Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre

Fallen Angels | Willy | Writers’ Theatre

Waiting For Lefty | Grady | Artistic Home

Angels in America:  Millennium Approaches*+ | Joe/co-director | The Journeymen

Angels in America:  Perestroika*+ | Joe/co-director | The Journeymen

Richard III | King Edward | Chicago Shakespeare

Othello | Herald | Chicago Shakespeare

The Rivals | Thomas |  Milwaukee Repertory 

Inherit The Wind | Bollinger  | Milwaukee Repertory

Playing With Fire | Dr. Frankenstein | Illinois Theatre Center

Strange Case:  Jekyll & Hyde | Utterson/original music | Lifeline

Love, Sex and the IRS | Jon | Drury Lane Evergreen Park

You Can’t Take It With You | Tony  | New American Theater

The Odd Couple | Murray | New American Theater

A Christmas Carol | Marley/Fred  | New American Theater

The Fair Maid of the West# | Carrol  | CT20 Ensemble

Murder in the Cathedral | Tempter |  Bernie Sahlins

The Foreigner | David |  Madison Repertory Theatre

My Night With Reg | John | Bailiwick Repertory

Romeo & Juliet | Paris |  Oak Park Festival Theatre

Lone Star | Ray |  Act Now Productions

Run For Your Wife | Stanley |  Festival Theatre

The Miser | Cleante  | ARK Repertory Theatre

Trumpets and Raspberries | Tony  | ARK Repertory Theatre

Don’t Drink the Water | Kilroy |  ARK Repertory Theatre

*Joseph Jefferson Awards: Ensemble/Production/Director   

+After Dark Award: Production  

#Jefferson nominations:  Ensemble/Production

Roles performed in theatrical readings with The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

Chorus | Cymbeline, 2016 

Macbeth | Macbeth, 2015 

Roughman | The Fair Maid of the West, 2014

Feast | Twelfth Night, 2013

Iago | Othello, 2012

Ajax | Troilus & Cressida, 2012

Caliban | The Tempest, 2011

Leicester | Mary Stuart, 2011

Satan | Paradise Lost, 2010

Enobarbus | Antony & Cleopatra, 2010

Oberson/Bottom/Theseus | A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2010

Richard III | Richard III, 2009

Aegeus | In Medea Res, 2008

Oliver/Amiens | As You Like It, 2008

Richard/Cade | Henry VI, 2007

John | My Name is Will, 2006 (on-going)

Proteus | The Two Gentlemen of Verona, 2004

Bassanio | The Merchant of Venice, 2003

Mercutio | Romeo & Juliet, 2002

Brutus | Julius Caesar, 2001

Antonio | Twelfth Night, 2001

Hortensio | The Taming of the Shrew, 2001

Buckingham | Richard III, 2000

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