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CHRIS JORIE

Chris Jorie is originally from Upstate New York, and he brings over 40 years of experience to his work in theatre, film, and television.  

As a nationally recognized acting coach, Chris has worked on the sets of productions for CBS, Paramount, ABC, Disney, Nickelodeon, Buena Vista TV, TNT, and PBS  - working with talents Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, and Mary Mc Donnell.

Chris has directed Off-Broadway on Theatre Row, and nationally for the Coronet, West Coast Ensemble, and Court Theatres in Los Angeles; Oldcastle Theatre in Vermont; and Theatre Aspen, in Colorado.  

Chris has directed the Regional Premiere of Athol Fugard’s EXITS AND ENTRANCES for the award-winning New Repertory Theatre in Boston. He also directed the national premiere SOUVENIR direct from its Broadway run, as well as DOUBT, A BODY OF WATER, COYOTE ON A FENCE, BOSTON MARRIAGE, PROOF, SPINNING INTO BUTTER and WIT, for Orlando Theatre Project where he worked as a Resident Company Member. WIT received the Lillie Stoates Award for best production for the 2000-2001 Season for professional theatre in Central Florida. Additional credits include the regional premieres of THE GUYS for The Vine Theatre, and John Henry Redwood’s, THE OLD SETTLER, for The People’s Theatre in Central Florida.  As Producing Artistic Director and Associate Artist for the Civic Theatres of Central Florida he directed the regional premieres of HAVING OUR SAY, A QUESTION OF MERCY, and PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, winner of the Lillie Award for best production of the 1998-99 Season in Central Florida.

He has been a producer for the LA Stage and Film Company, sister company to the critically acclaimed N.Y. Stage and Film Company in summer residence at Vassar College; Resident Director at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre; and Director of Education for Los Angeles's Serendipity Theatre - an Equity Children's Theatre Company named Best New Children's Theatre in the United States by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education in 1994.

Chris created ALTERNATIVE CLASSICS, a reimagining of Classic Theatre that can be performed anywhere, from classrooms to proscenium theatres. The program toured California from 2010-2015.

Chris helped launch CityKids, LA, in association with CityKids, New York, and worked as a Guest Artist Director and Education Director for Aspen Theatre in the Park, Aspen Colorado; The Lancaster Drama Workshop sponsored by the New York State Arts Council; as well as a Guest Artist Instructor for the California Arts Council Artist in the Schools Program.

A recipient of the first-ever REVELS Fellowship for writing and directing during 2007-2008, Chris was also a semifinalist in the Drama League’s New Directors/New Works Series, and the Malibu International Playwrighting Festival for his most recent play, THE REAL ME - a story about children with disabilities.  THE REAL ME has been translated into the Moldovan language by playwright and Peace Corps volunteer, Rebecca Worthington, and was performed at the Cultural Center of Moldova in Eastern Europe during the fall of 2008. Selected as a semifinalist in the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Program for Directors for the spring, 2000, Chris was a also a semifinalist in the Drama League's New Directors/New Works Series in 1999 for his original script, I TOUCH THE FUTURE - based on the life and words of Christa McAuliffe, (the teacher aboard NASA's Challenger Mission).  The play was honored by United Arts of Central Florida and toured The Los Angeles Schools along with Jorie's play, THE SPIRIT IN MY SOUL - the voices of Rosa Parks & Harriet Tubman produced by Enrichment Works.  In addition to his work as a playwright, he writes fiction, non-fiction, songs, lyrics, and screenplays. 

Chris has performed for the past thirty years in off-Broadway and regional theatre, as well as television and film, working with such distinguished talents as Scott Bakula, George C. Scott, Charlton Heston, Mary McDonnell, Laura San Giacomo, Ellen Barkin, James Woods, Robert Guillame, Gary Marshall, and John Ritter.

After majoring in Theatre Arts at the State University of New York, Fredonia, Chris continued his studies at San Francisco State University where he received the George Heller Scholarship from AFTRA for his Special Major Program, Dramatic Concepts in Social Responsibility, from the Film, Writing, and Social Science Departments. He graduated Cum Laude from the University.  He is a proud member of AEA, AFTRA, SAG, The Dramatists Guild, and The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. 

Screen acting credits include the upcoming Indie Films PACIFICA and UNFRAMED, as well as a Starring role in the Series, WALKING IN LA.  Other recent credits include appearances on THE MIDDLE, and SONS OF ANARCHY and the films, DAY LABOR, MILLIMETER,  and MARGINAL REMARKS. 

 

 

 

 

 





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