Biography

chris sommers headshot 1Christopher Sommers

Christopher graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA Acting) in 2002. His Theatre credits include: Queensland Theatre Company: Gasp (video only) Pygmalion, Orphans, An Oak Tree,  Fat Pig, The Crucible, School of Arts , The Exception and the Rule, ANATOMY TITUS: FALL OF ROME (Qtc and Bell Shakespeare Company) Proof  and The Premier Drama Awards, The Works and The Young Playwright Awards. HOODS* (Realtv, International tour: Dschungel, Vienna, Austria and Teatro im hof, Bolzano, Italy Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Centre, Regional Arts Victoria, QLD Arts Council and ASSITEJ) BEAUTIFUL. (And moor) Forward Movement and Springboard Theatre Company’s THE LARAMIE PROJECT ,  23rd Productions CLOSER.   LA Boite Theatre: HAMLET and the National Tour of  ZIGZAG STREET . Restaged Histories Project: OMON RA , TRIVIA (Bunker Productions) SLEEPING AROUND (Downstairs Belvoir). Other credits include: THE ORACLE (Osmosis Dance Theatre) and STAINED (Storm the Barricade). His film credits include: Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner, Fear of Darkness, Predestination, Drive hard, Bullets for the Dead, The Last Man on Earth, Jucy, Sinngh is King, AFI Award winning Unfinished Sky, All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane and Festival hit The Horseman.

His Television credits include: Mako (series 2) Parers War (abc) Reef Doctors, Terra Nova(Fox), Sea Patrol, The Strip, Monarch Cove, The Starter Wife and Love Bytes.  In 2010 Christopher was nominated for a Mathilda Award for Best Actor in Fat Pig. In 2009 Christopher attended Masterclasses at The Ivana Chubbuck Studio and Margie Haber Studios in Los Angeles , California after receiving a 2008 Lord Mayors Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship. He was one of Queensland Theatre Company’s Emerging Artists for 2009.

He began in the business with a Associate Diploma in Business (Accounting).Christopher graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA Acting) in 2002.

Christopher teaches for NYFA, Tom McSweeney/Newman Productions,  NIDA Open Program and NIDA Corporate, Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre, Backbone Youth Arts and Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts. Christopher was the Associate Artistic Director of 23rd productions from 2008-2013. He has been a proud member of Equity since 1999.

In 2012 with fellow actor Dan Eady, “Sceneorama”: a weekly screen acting class was created to enhance the skills of Brisbane actors and to forge new relationships with directors. Christopher believes the key to having success as an actor is developing an excellent work ethic through constant practice, engaging with excellent material and applying rigour to your work in order to develop your instrument. Being an actor first and foremost Christopher chooses to honour the brilliant master teachers who have informed his journey by endorsing their techniques and sharing personal insight from his understanding of their work,  he has expanded his skill set to include coaching emerging actors and young actors. He has recently worked on several short films and assisted directors on projects: (Jacob fights giants and Maiden).

He often coaches actors for self tests here and for US.

Christopher has trained with some of the best acting coaches in the world, namely: Ivana Chubbuck, Larry Moss, Cicely Berry, Ellen Burstyn, Carl Ford, Laura Gardner and Margie Haber. He continues to believe in training and that an actor never stops learning and refining their skills and wants to develop and nurture actors with his practical approach to screen and stage work. Workshops are based in practical exercises with a focus on scene study and accessing tools to use in auditions, self tests or for on set work.

Christopher is available for private coaching and self tests upon request. Make an enquiry.

Christopher’s work asks the actor to focus on empowering him/herself to make dynamic choices and discover the tools within, by being in partnership with the writer. Having Self Discipline will give you a foundation to build upon, this will forge with Exploration of choices to create an ownership of a process, which will allow an actor to be confident to take risks, giving yourself permission to be independent and able to work effectively and efficiently in the time restrictive conditions of our industry. Drawing on over 13 years Professional Acting experience and dividing his time between film, theatre and teaching Christopher believes in being relevant and necessary and keeping in touch with industry trends.

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