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 - pious

Richard III

   The Weir (2017)

Lay Me Down Softly



pollock collage

The Day on Which a Man Dies

The Laramie Project

Angels in America


Journey’s End


The Shadow of a Gunman


Scenes from the Big Picture

nick at the door

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

leonato and benedick

Much Ado About Nothing

The Winter’s Tale

   The Weir (2010)

The Merchant of Venice


Production History

The Tempest | Prospero | Lakeside Shakespeare 

The Rover | Blunt | Lakeside Shakespeare 

The Weir | Jim | Irish Theatre of Chicago and The University of Notre Dame Debartolo Center

50 Minute Hamlet | Hamlet | Lakeside Shakespeare 

Henry VIII | Cromwell | Lakeside Shakespeare 

Best of Enemies | CP Ellis | Artists’ Ensemble Theater

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

Moon Over the Brewery | Warren | Artists’ Ensemble Theater

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

Oliver | As You Like It, 2017 

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