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Illyria Theatre Company

Farmville, VA



Chris Klinger

Co-Founder & Artistic Director

Chris Klinger is a professional director and actor whose work has been seen across the country. He served as resident director of Apothecary Theatre Company; a New York City production company, and staged two Off-Broadway productions. He has acted and directed with such companies as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (London, UK), American Globe Theatre (NY), Mile Square Theatre Company (NJ), Strange Sun Theatre Company (NY), Lyric Repertory Company (UT), and Amphibian Productions (NY). He has also directed numerous collegiate productions with Rutgers University (NJ), Johns Hopkins University (MD), and Longwood University (VA). Chris received a BFA in Acting from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. He is classically trained; having studied, performed, and directed works such as King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, and Hamlet at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England.

Chris Klinger as the Gravedigger in Hamlet at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. 

Selected directing credits include: A Year with Frog and Toad (October 2019), Last Train to NibrocYou Can’t Take It With You, Sweeney Todd, Rehearsal for Murder, Noises Off, Carousel, Our Town, and How I Learned to Become a Superhero.

Selected acting credits include: The Foreigner (Charlie), Wait Until Dark (Mike), Big River (King), Hamlet (Hamlet, Gravedigger), Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), The Tempest (Prospero), Twelfth Night (Antonio), Tons of Money (Henery), The Elephant Man (Bishop How), Noises Off (Tim), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Rev. Crisparkle), And Then There Were None (Rogers), 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

(Left)Wyn Moreno as Carlino, Chris Klinger as Mike, and Lance Rasmussen as Roat in the Lyric Repertory Company's production of Wait Until Dark. 

(Right) Cameron Blankenship as Ellard and Chris Klinger as Charlie in the Lyric Repertory Company's production of The Foreigner. (Photography by Andrew McAllister.)