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DIRECTING...

Philosophy...

As a director, I believe that curiosity fuels imagination. The constant question of "why" translates to "intention" in theatre. This guiding principle shapes my approach to analyzing texts, working with actors, and executing a holistic vision for a production. I’ve found that the deeper the "why," the greater the discoveries that lead to an in-the-moment truth on stage. Theatre is inherently political, so I seek material that not only entertains but also sparks conversations about societal improvement and growth.

 

I like to blend realism with imagination, aiming for my creative work in theatre to reflect our society while reigniting the imaginative spirit that has been in all of us since childhood. The beauty of imagination is that it transcends cultural boundaries, creating a universal language.

 

For musicals, I always come to rehearsal with a detailed game plan to ensure efficient blocking and timely progress. I excel at crafting a rehearsal schedule that allows for spontaneity while ensuring that actors are prepared and ready for the show. For plays, my approach is more flexible, with less preplanning regarding stage pictures and blocking. This fosters greater collaboration with actors, allowing their intuitions to guide the process.

 

Ultimately, my goal as a director is to create productions that are both reflective and imaginative, encouraging audiences to see themselves and society in new ways while sparking their creativity.

Portfolio... 

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The Pajama Game

Based on the 1953 novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell.

Music and Lyrics are by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross.

Book  by George Abbott and Richard Bissell
Directed by Chris Giordano
at Great Neck North High School

Musical Director: Dr. PAMELA LEVY

 Set Design:  DINA MATERIA

Lighting Design: Dr. SCOTT ECKERS

 Scenic Carpenter: KIERAN GRIFFIN

Technical Supervisor: MICHAEL MEEHAN

Conductor: ESTER NOH

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Les Misérables: School Edition

A musical by ALAIN BOUBLIL and CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHÖNBERG

Based on the novel by VICTOR HUGO

Music by CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHÖNBERG

Lyrics by HERBERT KRETZMER
Directed by Chris Giordano
at Great Neck North High School

"By far, the best student performance I have seen in my 26 year career!"
- Dan Holtzman, Principal

Musical Director: Dr. PAMELA LEVY

 Set Design: LEONARD ANTINORI

Lighting Design: Dr. SCOTT ECKERS

 Scenic Carpenter: KIERAN GRIFFIN

Technical Supervisor: MICHAEL MEEHAN

Conductor: JACQUELYN TOMLET

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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 

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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