Once upon a time, about twenty odd years ago, Chris Chirdon was born in Cleveland, Ohio – city of rust and depressed baseball fans. Soon after, his parents, very sensibly, picked up and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where there was a whole lot less rust but one too many suburbs. Nevertheless, Chris grew up there and fell in love with acting and writing at a young age at a local summer camp. One camper, upon seeing his stirring portrayal of Lightning Strike Victim #1 at the end of summer show was reported as saying “That was pretty cool.” Receiving high marks in school and gracing the stage many a time, Chris went on from high school to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studied Dramatic Arts and American Studies and received his degree with highest honors and was inducted into the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
Intense, intelligent, and bursting with a dark sense of humor, Chris has played a plethora of villains from Lucifer in Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus to the depraved and crazed Southern Country Doctor in Sam Shepard’s darkly comic La Turista. Shakespearean trained at UNC, Chris excels in the classics having played roles in Medea, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and most recently in a highly acclaimed production of Sink or Swim Repertory Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet at the Paradise Factory on East 4th street, laying the law down in Verona as Prince Escalus. Iambic pentameter aside, Chris has some serious comic chops as well – he played the lead role of Hepatitis of Rhodes, a neurotic, self obsessed and angry writer in Woody Allen’s one act God while he was in London, England, and more recently, the comically imaginative Frank in David Ives’ Mere Mortals. While the stage is and always will be his first love, Chris has had great success moving into the celluloid realm, playing parts for the History Channel, the popular website College Humor.com, and taking the lead in the enigmatic short film “The Ride” directed by Daniel Claridge.
His acting style has been described by his teachers and fellow artists as explosive, honest, and peppered with humor. Currently, Chris is engaged in serious ongoing study at James Price’s The Acting Studio, Incorporated, studying Meisner, Audition and Monologue Technique, and Voice and Movement. You can find him there most days brushing up on audition pieces, drilling scenes, and breaking down sides.
Always a writer, Chris has completed several one act and full length plays that were produced regionally in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His first play, what he describes as a serio-comic-absurdist-pop-culture-mash-up-tragedy The Cuckold Crows was well received or as one audience member put it about the writer: “He might be a genius or he might be insane.” Other than writing, Chris is an avid ballroom dance competitor both in the US and abroad and has taken first place in several prestigious competitions. He loves to teach, and write and move, move, move onwards and upwards towards more exciting opportunities and more beautiful things.