Jeff Christian

direction for the stage

With credits ranging from Shakespeare to Irish playwrights to new work, I bring a strong sense of purpose and vision to every production – and derive a tremendous amount of satisfaction from my collaboration with the actors and production team.  Drawing on the combined experience of working as an actor, an artistic director, a writer, a producer and an outside freelance director, I deeply appreciate the value that preparation, passion, collaboration and determination play in sharing our stories in production.  Regardless of the budget or the venue, every production affords us an opportunity to share our thoughts, experiences and passion with an audience – giving this ephemeral form a lasting impact.  Please browse the gallery and click the images for a representative look at the productions I’ve been proud to help bring to life.


shining city - john confesses

Shining City

Roosevelt University - The Plough and the Stars dress rehearsal on 10/21/15. Photos by Nathan Mandell.

The Plough and the Stars

skin of our teeth

The Skin of Our Teeth

r&j-balconyRomeo & Juliet

WHISTLE PROD. des:harry 

A Whistle in the Dark

butch and sundanceMojo Mickybo

Love's Labours LostLove’s Labours Lost

KILL_ME_Cam-AngstKill Me 

Proof-joshProof

 The Rivals

our father - at casketOur Father


50 Minute Hamlet

driving miss daisyDriving Miss Daisy

 

RU Serious?

mark publicityAccording to Mark 


Middletown

 


Production History

50 Minute Hamlet | Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre 

RU Serious? (original sketch comedy show)| Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University

Middletown | Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University

The Rivals | Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre 

The Plough and the Stars | Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University 

Shining City | Irish Theatre of Chicago

Romeo & Juliet | Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre

Kill Me (premiere) | Wild Claw Theatre

As You Like It | Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre

The Skin of Our Teeth | The Artistic Home

Mojo Mickybo | Seanachai Theatre Company

Love’s Labours Lost | Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre

Our Father | Seanachai Theatre Company

According to Mark (premiere) | Original/Touring Production

A Whistle in the Dark | Seanachai Theatre Company

The Two Gentlemen of Verona | Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre

Proof | New American Theater 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre

Driving Miss Daisy | New American Theater

50 Minute Hamlet (also adaptor/five touring casts) | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

Sister Bernie’s Bingo Bash | Regional Touring Company

Land of the Free (premiere) | The Artistic Home

Angels in America:  I & II+# (co-director) | The Journeymen

Crate Expectations (premiere/co-writer) | Chicago Dramatists/Big Belly

Singer and Saw* (premiere) | Factory/Actors Gym/NYC cabarets

A Tribute to Offenbach (premiere) | Chicago Cultural Center

Cruise Control (premiere) | The Artistic Home

A Girl in Every Town (premiere) | Chapel Perilous

Mickey’s Teeth | Bailiwick Festival

A New Day | Act Now Productions

Act Now Improv | Regional Touring Company

ARK Improvisational Theatre | Regional Touring Company

+Joseph Jefferson Awards:  Director/Production          
#After Dark Award:  Outstanding Production           
*Comedy Festival winner

Staged Theatrical Readings

The Cricket on the Hearth (also adaptor) | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago 

Cymbeline (also adaptor) | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago 

The Judge’s House | Stone Hearth Theatre Company

The Two Gentlemen of Verona | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

Twelfth Night | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

The Taming of the Shrew | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

Mary Stuart | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

Paradise Lost (also script consultant) | Milton Project/Shakespeare Project

A Study in Scarlet | WildClaw Theatre

The Rivals | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

A Midsummer Night’s Dream | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

Henry VIII (also adaptor) | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

The Comedy of Errors (gender swapped adaptor) | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago 

In Medea Res (also adaptor) | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago 

As You Like It | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

Henry VI (also adaptor) | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago 

The Constant Wife | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

Love’s Labours Lost | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago 

The Friend | WildClaw Theatre Deathscribe at The Music Box

Faust (also adaptor) | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

The Parvenu (also adaptor) | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

Ghosts (also adaptor) | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

King Lear | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

A Walk in the Woods | Aspect Theatre/The Peace Museum

Cricket on the Hearth (also adaptor) | The Shakespeare Project of Chicago

Six Postcards | Seanachai Amarach Festival

Medea | Aspect Theatre

Ten Minute Plays: 78 & Existential Love | Chicago Dramatists

Monitor | The 24 Hour Play Project

 

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