Christopher Shorr

Ensemble Member / MFA Faculty

Christopher Shorr is a playwright/director/designer and Associate Professor/Director of Theatre at Moravian College. He moved to Bethlehem from Petersburg, Virginia, where he was the founding Artistic Director of Sycamore Rouge, a professional, non-equity theatre and performance venue. Recent productions for Touchstone: Dictators 4 Dummies (Playwright/Director), Bhudoo (Co-written with Jp Jordan), Journey from the East (Co-written with Bill George), Dear Tamaqua In a New Light (Co-conceived and designed with Jp Jordan), Ulysses Dreams (Co-written with Jp Jordan), The Pan Show: In Pan We Trust (Director; co-written with Jp Jordan), The Pan Show: A Cautionary Tale (Director; co-written with Jp Jordan), Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Director), A Resting Place (Director), The Whitman Piece (Director), and a reading of Clytemnestra’s Daughters (Playwright; Director); for The Bach Choir of Bethlehem: Young Meister Bach (Director), Coffee Cantata (Director); Recently directed at Moravian College: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Everyman on Trial (also Playwright), Jesus Christ Superstar, Proof, Superstory, The Clean House, The Memorandum, Faust in France (also Playwright), and the jazz opera The Real Book of Gig. His documentary play Tribute: September 11, commissioned in 2002 by the AmeriCulture Arts Festival to mark the first anniversary of 9/11, was revived for the tenth anniversary, and performed at Moravian College and at the University of Baltimore. He is particularly interested in the creation of new theatre pieces and in the aggressive re-working of classic texts. Through his work, he strives to prevent his audiences, his artists, and himself from succumbing to complacency. His interest in international theatre collaboration has taken him to China, Chile, Romania, Serbia, Czech Republic, Poland, and Italy. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Drew University, and an MFA in Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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