Chris Myers is a New York City born and based artist. Working primarily as an actor, he trained at The Juilliard School after attending the British American Drama Academy, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, and The Harlem School of the Arts. He also works as a writer, director, producer, and teaching artist. He is represented by Stone Manners Salners (theatrical), Innovative Artists (commercial), and Byron Wetzel (management).
On screen, he appears on current/upcoming shows including Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” (Netflix), "Sneaky Pete" (Amazon), “The Breaks” (VH1), and “The Good Fight” (CBS). Upcoming film projects include “Becks” (with Lena Hall), and “EVOL: Theory of Love.” He has conducted commercial work across screen and radio for brands like Google, FedEx, Subway, IBM, Dunkin Donuts, Wendy’s, and Publix.
In theater, he has worked primarily in new plays at leading cultural institutions including Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, Roundabout, The Atlantic, Second Stage, and Soho Rep. After winning an Obie Award for his performance in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' “An Octoroon”, he went on to perform in “Whorl Inside A Loop” and was noted as one of the New York Times’ Top Stage Moments of 2015. He has also worked at top regional theaters performing works by Shakespeare, August Wilson, and others. Most recently, Chris was a member of cast for The Public Theater's national headline grabbing production of "Julius Caesar" in the park. Theater work has brought him into collaboration with industry icons such as Phylicia Rashad, Woody Harrelson, and Frank Langella.
As a teaching artist, he is currently on the faculty at the Harlem School of the Arts, where he is also Artist-In-Residence. Chris is also a teaching artist with The Classical Theatre of Harlem, where he inaugurated the Actors Advocate intensive. Separately, he conducts private acting coaching. Outside of early and mid-career teaching, he has a special focus on youth and non-traditional settings, having taught workshops in Horizons Juvenile Detention Center, the Outreach Program for recently incarcerated youth, the WHEELS school in Washington Heights, Northside Center, and LaGuardia High School. He also mentors NYC youth with PLOT.
His first foray into self-produced work, “Post-Emma”, was a guerrilla short film that received praise from Ava DuVernay. This encouragement eventually led to “GUAP”, a comedy pilot about gentrification in Washington Heights which Chris wrote, co-directed, and produced. He successfully overfunded it on Kickstarter for $23,161. The project led to a runaway press in outlets such as VIBE, Remezcla, IndieWire, Curbed, Participant Media, and many more. He has since released a second experimental guerrilla short, “The Interruption.” Besides writing on his own projects, he has contributed writing to feature film “Scenes From The Underground,” currently in post-production.
Most recently, Chris has stepped into live producing as well, gathering the production team for Interfest, a three-day festival of arts and ideas that brings together community for liberation. The unique event, currently in residence at the Harlem School of the Arts, drew together panels, play readings, spoken word, garden tours, interactive arts, and communal meals, all provided for for free to some 400 attendees.
With a great passion for music, since 2010 Chris has DJ’ed private parties, clubs, events, and corporate functions. Some clients and venues include the Under The Radar Festival at The Public Theater, Fashion Week in-store for H&M, and recurring parties at venues like Drom, Le Poisson Rouge, Bedlam, and Santos Party House.
Chris owns and operates a boutique clothing line, al-oi, which creates whimsical statements on identity politics under the slogan “Speak up. Stand out.”
It is through a deep seated passion for storytelling, questioning, experimentation, and communal witnessing that Chris is drawn to the performing arts and its various intersections. This endless discovery sustains him across medium and demographics. You can learn more about his intentions by reading his artist statement.