Chris Staley - PhD Student



MFA - American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University

BS - Theatre and Psychology- Skidmore College


Chris is a theatre maker and teaching artist. Acting credits include productions in NYC and regionally at the American Repertory Theater, Indiana Repertory Theater, Opera Carolina, and others. Directing and training incorporates several intensives and master class series with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, as well as participation at the Watermill Center with Robert Wilson, along with multiple semesters of study at the Moscow Art Theater. 

As an instructor, he has led workshops and sessions at a number of colleges and universities in Russian Theater Techniques, Suzuki, Viewpoints, and Yoga for Performers (Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 hours); this includes several years teaching yoga in private, corporate, correctional, and studio settings in NYC. Classes taught at Pitt include Into to Performance; this spring, Chris will assist teaching Theatre and Collaboration and will instruct an Intro to Acting course for the Osher Lifelong Learning Initiative.

Research interests include cognitive science of performance, existential psychology, and actor training. Chris has presented “Lorca’s Corpses and their Mothers: Death and the Maternal in Yerma” at the 2017 Kristeva Circle Conference; upcoming, Chris will present a demonstration on empathy in acting for the Pitt Classics 2018 Conference on ‘Empathy, Sympathy, and Compassion: The Dynamics of Other-Oriented Emotions.’