As a director, I believe that a curious nature equates to an imaginative artist: the constant question of "why." When working on a show, the word "why" translate as "intention." This acts as my guide when analyzing a text, working with an actor on a role, or executing a holistic vision for a production. I've found the deeper the "why," the greater are the discoveries that create an in-the-moment truth on stage.
I like to blend realism with imagination. As such, I want my creative work in the theatre to illuminate the reflective mirror in ourselves and society whilst igniting the imaginative spirit that had once lived in all of us when we were younger. The beauty of imagination is that it transcends cultural boundaries.
In rehearsal, I equally have a plan and want to collaborate with the actors, promoting the actor's intuition, as often an actor can move in a natural way that honors the storytelling. I've found this approach fosters a greater ownership from the actor' and their work.
MARIO! A Salute to the Great Lanza
Written by Sean Patrick Murtagh
Directed by Chris Giordano, Music Direction by Ge Enrique
at The Green Room 42, New York, NY
"Mr Murtagh's director, Chris Giordano of the blue eyes, has helped him to develop a show with purpose that never bores."
- Bobby Patrick, BroadwayWorld Cabaret
2020 MAC Award Winner for Best New York - Male Debut
Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr.
Book by Doug Wright, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman, with additional lyrics by Glenn Slater
Part of TexARTS Youth Musical Theater Summer Academy
Directed by Chris Giordano
at the Kam & James Morris Theatre, TexARTS, Lakeway, TX
"The work Chris did was astounding and professional, and left our students with a sense of confidence, pride, and accomplishment when our production was completed."
- Jerome Schoolar, Academy Director at TexARTS
Choreography: Darren Gibson
Music Direction: Jerome Schoolar
Costumes: Cassie Eckerman
And the Award Goes To...
Written by Matt Heftler
Part of Emerging Artists Theatre's Fall 2019 New Work Series
Directed by Chris Giordano
at TADA! Theater, New York, NY
Stage Manager: Paulina Tobar
Music & Book by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics & Book by Lynn Ahrens, Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty & Eric Idle
Part of Brooklyn Acting Lab's Jr. Musical Ensemble
Directed & Choreographed by Chris Giordano
at The Mark O'Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund Arts Center
Assistant Director: Megan Fitsgerald
Music Direction: Laura Kruregel
Costumes: Valerie Boisseau
Stage Manager: Meredith Goldberg
Set Design: Conor Moore
Producers: Kristen Lynch & Murat Ozcan
Photo credit: Kristina Gibb Photography