Christopher Burris

Acting, DirectingSchool of Drama

O: 336-770-3234

Christopher Burris teaches acting and directing in the School of Drama. Burris has an extensive resume as a professional actor in theater, film, television and voice-over, and as a director in both professional and university theater. 


  • Previously taught at Pace University, New York University, University of California San Diego, LaGuardia Community College and Atlantic Theater Acting School 
  • Served on the Drama League’s nominating committee and directors council, and the nominating committee for the Kilroys’ List, which honors new plays that were canceled, postponed or closed early due to COVID-19, and were written by women, transgender, and non-binary writers 
  • Mental Health First Aid USA, certified

Career Highlights

  • Directed numerous productions including "Tradition," "Geese," "Mary Speaks," "Break It Down," "Ducklings" and the Off-Broadway Revival of "The Fourth Wall"
  • Directed virtual/filmed productions during the COVID-19 pandemic including "14th Street," "Mary Speaks," "The Killing of Kings" and "There Goes the Neighborhood"
  • Acted in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival productions of "Playboy of the West Indies," "The Winter's Tale" and "Idiot's Delight"
  • Acting credits also include "Romeo and Juliet," the world premiere production of "Sheridan, or Schooled in Scandal," "365 Days/365 Plays," "Radio Mara Mara," "Time to Burn" and "Before it Hits Home"

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • The Drama League, Artist-in-Residence, 2017
  • Lincoln Center Theatre, Directors Lab, 2014


  • Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
  • Actors’ Equity Association
  • Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists


M.F.A. ActingUniversity of California, San Diego

B.A. CommunicationsUNC Chapel Hill