Chris Garofalo is a bold, earnest and intuitive theatre-artist who works professionally between New York City and Philadelphia, PA. He is a native New Yorker who spent 4 years in the City of Brotherly Love earning his BFA in Acting from The University of the Arts. Chris is interested in engaging in work that is brave and pushes the envelope, while always tailoring to the sensitivity of the ensemble. He strives to be a collaborator that leads every project with passion, commitment and curiosity in hopes of sparking salient discourse within our communities.
While trying to sustain his own performance career, Chris seeks to work within arts education outreach programs around the city - He has a plethora of experience as a teaching-artist and thrives the most when he gets the chance to partake in the development process of young artists. His ongoing mission in the classroom is to inspire confidence and comfortability, and finds sharing with younger students to be one of his most vital jobs as a theatre-maker.
In the fall of 2017 Chris Played Tybalt in Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's production of Romeo and Juliet. This was performed on PSF's main stage at the Labuda Center for the Arts, and was later toured to High Schools around the northeast.
Chris is currently working as a Teaching Artist for LeAp in NYC (Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program) -- He teaches a Playwriting/Theatre-Arts residency at two different public schools in Brooklyn that are underserved in the arts.
Chris joined The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park cast of JULIUS CAESAR this summer as part of the Extended Ensemble!
The production was performed at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park from May 23rd-June 18th.
SUMMER TEACHING: Chris returned as an educator in the University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute! Last summer Chris had the pleasure of teaching the Voice & Speech course - This summer he will be teaching the Shakespeare course!
Chris recently made his Philadelphia theatrical debut in Quintessence Theatre Group's production of Love's Labour's Lost by Willy Shakes which ran in rotating rep w/ The Broken Heart by John Ford.
Chris played Lord Dumaine in L.L.L and Lemophil/Amelus in T.B.H