Christopher Freeman studied Theatre Arts at Ryerson University and has appeared in nearly forty professional productions across Canada, on stage, film and TV. He spent three years with Theatre Animation, conducting and coordinating hundreds of acting workshops throughout Ontario, and nearly five years working as a private acting coach in Toronto and Vancouver.
As a founding member of the Toronto based comedy troupe, “Shy One Horse”, he wrote, acted and directed numerous sketches, appearing in clubs and on television. He also produced their entry, Hollywood North for Toronto’s Fringe Festival.
In 1999, after moving to Quebec, Chris launched The Actor’s Workshop, in the Eastern Townships. Designed to discover the specifics of acting in a safe pressure-free environment, he encourages moving away from performance clichés while exploring the motivation within. He also taught On-Camera courses, for two years, at the New Actor’s Workshop in Montreal.
Chris was a project animator for a 29-week, provincially funded, community outreach program for youth-at-risk. The Arts addressed themes such as vandalism in Brome Missisquoi. He co-found storyland3, in 2001 and went on to produce and direct nine plays with them, including Broadway Valentine, Cinderella, After the Ball and Letters Home.
In 2003, Chris received Service Canada funding to run The Rural Theatre Project, an eight-month program in production-based environment. As Creative Director, he developed five more project-based programs throughout southwest Quebec; each designed to empower young adults with life and employment skills while focussing on sustainable community development.
Over his career he has been involved with dozens of fundraisers and benefits for various community organizations and NGO’s. He has served on several Boards including MUCS (Montreal Urban Community Sustainability) and the Knowlton Players. He developed a feasibility proposal for Renaissance Centre, a multimillion dollar complex to foster social economic development through culture and tourism, and was a member of a Research Lab at Concordia University on the social economy.
Along with his dozen plays mounted, Chris has written several films including the short, Cooked, a Toronto Film Challenge finalist. He has an extensive background in promotion including three years of direct marketing and is currently developing several projects including a feature film and a television comedy series, entitled No Business.
“As we learn to develop technique we in fact enhance creativity;
for it is structure, in work, in art, mainly in life, that frees the imagination
and enables us to truly fly.”