I seek to create theatre that awakens the senses and becomes a unique theatrical experience utilizing heightened theatricality and a highly stylized visual aesthetic, fantastical realism.
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Chris Garcia Peak is a director, teacher, arts administrator and writer living in Chicago, IL. He is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Cock and Bull Theatre in Chicago since 2009. Called “The Bad Boy" of Chicago Theatre by The Huffington Post, Cock and Bull produces original and devised theatre in Chicago. Cock and Bull has been funded in part by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and completed two residencies with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as a part of their In The Works Series, presenting a workshop production of the original play Peter and the Voolf, and Voyage. Cock and Bull has premiered three productions written and directed by Peak; The Legend of Ginger Bred, Axe Lizzie, and The Possession of Alice. For Cock and Bull Chris has also directed Christopher Durang’s Titanic, Voolf, Voyage at Chopin Theatre, the world premiere of the site specific immersive production Lecherous Honey by Megan Breen, a contemporary adaptation of Ibsen’s Ghosts. Chris has also directed Catastrophe (Prop Theatre), Mac Wellman’s Dracula (Collision Theatre), Shotgun Wedding (American Past Time), Revenging Ophelia (Bailiwick), Rocky Horror Show (Dorothy Menker Theatre), The Rover (Illinois State), The Laramie Project (Lake Forest), The Seagull (The Theatre School DePaul), Original Recipe (The Theatre School DePaul).
Chris is one of the 2003-2004 recipients of The Michael Maggio Directing Scholarships from the Goodman Theatre. He directed Mariela in the Desert by Karen Zacarias at The Goodman Theatre: New Stage Reading Series. Chris served as the assistant director to Henry Godinez on the world premiere of Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and has assisted director Lisa Portes at The Merle Reskin Theatre.
Chris has also written several plays including: The Legend of Ginger Bred, Revenging Ophelia, House and Home, The Possession of Alice, Axe Lizzie. He has also created the solo performance pieces; Snapped Dragon, and El Diablo performed in Los Angeles and Chicago at the Viaduct and Festival of Solo in Los Angeles.
Chris is the former Executive Director of the national non-profit Theatre for Young Audiences, USA (TYA/USA) where he created professional development programming and coordinated the national festivals One Theatre World (Seattle), One Theatre World (Cleveland). He has also worked with Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Theatrical Historical Society of America, Pride Youth Players and SAG/AFTRA on various arts administration projects.
Chris holds an M.F.A in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University and a Post-Graduate Degree in Acting from The Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, UK where he studied under South African theatre artist Brian Astbury and director Jonathan Chadwick. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Texas Christian University where he studied under Anne-Lynn Kettles. He has also trained with the L.A improvisation group The Groundlings, SITI Company, performance artist Rachel Rosenthal, Moscow Art Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre, Tim Webb and Oily Cart, Lisa Portes, Royal Shakespeare Company and Tony Award nominee Rachel Chavkin – The TEAM.
Chris is an adjunct faculty member at The Theatre School at DePaul University. He has taught at Columbia College Chicago, and Illinois State University. He is currently working on his first collection of poetry, adapting Anton Chekhov's The Seagull and a narrative podcast series.