As a young teenager, Chris’ concerns were as far away from Musical Theatre as possible. Studying at the highly lauded James Ruse Agricultural High School in Sydney, Chris had his sights set as any good young man should, on Medicine or Law, but was seduced away from both as he developed what would prove to be an all-consuming passion through appearances in local musicals and plays.
In 2008, Chris completed the 8th grade of the IMEB in Classical Voice, and two years later gained a Diploma of Music Performance through the Australian International Conservatorium of Music (AICM) studying under Dr Darrell Hines. In 2009 he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Performance Studies and Education from Sydney University, whilst also studying privately with Pat H Wilson and Adrian Barnes. In 2011 Chris moved to Brisbane to accept a place at the Queensland Conservatorium Musical Theatre program (QCGU) under Paul Sabey. During his time there, Chris was fortunate to work with some of Australia’s top industry practitioners and educators including the award winning Australian composer Megan Shorey. In Brisbane, alongside an impressive list of QCGU-related performance credits, Chris was a finalist in the South-East Queensland Aria and Concerto Competition 2012, and in a partnership between QCGU and QPAC performed at the 2012 and 2013 Queensland Tourism Awards.
With QCGU, Chris’s credits include: Celebrating a Musical Christmas (St. John’s Cathedral), George Berger in Hair (Brisbane Powerhouse), Musical Theatre Concert (Brisbane City Hall), Miss Saigon (Conservatorium Theatre), Con2theCabaret (Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts), Heavenly Friend in Carousel (Princess Theatre), Celebrating a Musical Christmas (St. John’s Cathedral), Victor Kiss in The Wishing Well (Brisbane Powerhouse) and Who’s on Next? (Conservatorium Theatre).
Away from the stage Chris is an avid Obstacle Course Racer and greatly enjoys the strategy card game Magic: The Gathering. Chris would love to thank his family and friends for their wonderful support, without whom he would currently be an engineer! Chris is excited and honoured to be making his professional debut in The King and I.