Chris Betts - 2019 Richie Jackson Fellow
BFA, Drama, 2015
A New York based Director from Chicago, Illinois. Currently Christopher is pursuing his MFA in Directing at Yale School of Drama. At Yale, Christopher most recently directed School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play. Prior to Yale, Christopher traveled the world (with a focus on African countries) as the 2017-2018 recipient of The Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship. Christopher received his BFA in Drama with triple honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (NYU Commencement Bachelor’s Representative for Tisch). At NYU, he studied Experimental Theatre and Musical Theatre. He began directing after having his production of CARRIE: The Musical discovered by the author of the musical and original film, Lawrence Cohen. This led Christopher to direct a professional production of CARRIE as well as collaborate with the show's writing team to update the script and score (2015 BroadwayWorld.com Boston Best Musical Nomination). Christopher’s contributions to CARRIE can be found on The Rodgers and Hammerstein website.
At The Public Theater, Christopher worked as the Movement Director for the World Premiere of Barbecue, after which he worked as a Playwright's Assistant to Tarell Alvin McCraney (Head of Passes/Moonlight). At Steppenwolf, Christopher assisted Phylicia Rashad on The Roomate. Other collaborations include: the Obie Award winning, Fire This Time Festival, the workshop of Goodnight Tyler (Kennedy Center/Alliance Theatre), and the New York Premiere of The Cave: A Folk Opera. Christopher is the recipient of The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Christopher Reeve Full-Ride Apprentice Scholarship, a founding member of The Youth Arts Council at The Goodman Theatre, and member of the 2016-2017 & 2017-2018 SDCF Observership. Artist-in-Residence at Kampala International Theater Festival, Artist-in-Residence at Pop Art Johannesburg, Teaching Artist at The Market Theatre Lab, Johannesburg.