Chris Edmund

Chris Edmund

“There is not one job that I do when I’m not using one of the pearls of wisdom that Chris gave us. He is a very influential director, teacher and writer” – Hugh Jackman

Chris Edmund is a Director, Teacher, Writer and Painter.

He commenced his career in London where he directed for the Gate Theatre Notting Hill, the Riverside Studios, the Kings Head and New End Theatres. He has also worked in the United States as Director and Teacher.

In his Directing career he has directed over 150 productions from new writing to the classical repertoire.

In 1985 he moved to Australia to join the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), which has produced many of the dynamic Australian actors who have established high profile careers, here and overseas. Actors who trained with Chris include Hugh Jackman, Jai Courtney and Frances O’Connor.

Chris continues to direct professionally, his production of Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party, won several awards during its season at the Wharf Theatre, Sydney. In January 2001 he directed and designed the acclaimed production of Redemption for the Perth International Arts Festival. In 2003 he directed The Unexpected Man for Black Swan Theatre Company  and in 2005 he wrote and directed a short film Bang on the Head and directed Crave for Black Swan BSX Company.

He writes for stage and screen and in August 2000 directed the highly successful premiere of his own play Paradise at the Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney. A few years later he presented the controversial and critically acclaimed world premiere of his play The Devil’s Tunic and his play Out of Here was performed by the Perth Theatre Company.

Chris has taught at the University of California Berkeley, The Drama Studio London, Middlesex University London, National University of Singapore, Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, University of Sao Paulo Brazil and the Gaiety School Dublin.

16th Street is thrilled to welcome Chris onto our teaching staff.