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.

 

Lecherous Honey  by Megan Breen

Lecherous Honey by Megan Breen

BIOGRAPHY

Chris Garcia Peak is a director, teacher, 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, devised, and contemporary new plays in Chicago, IL. 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 at The Chicago Cultural Center.  Cock and Bull received two development grants to work with Tony Winner Rachel Chavkin on devising practices and development for Cock and Bull's original piece Voyage. 

For Cock and Bull Chris has directed The Legend of Ginger Bred, Axe Lizzie (Prop Theatre)The Possession of Alice (Prop Theatre), Titanic (Athenaeum Theatre), Peter The Wolf (Gallery 37 Theatre), Voolf (Berger Park), Voyage (Chopin Theatre), the world premiere of the immersive production Lecherous Honey by Megan Breen, a contemporary adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts at Berger Park (The Gunder Mansion).  Chris has also directed Catastrophe (Prop Theatre), Mac Wellman's Dracula (Collision Theatre/Mary Arrchie Theatre), Shotgun Wedding (American Past Time), Revenging Ophelia (Bailiwick), Rocky Horror Show (Dorothy Menker Theatre). He has been a guest director for The Rover (Illinois State)The Laramie Project (Lake Forest College), The Seagull (The Theatre School DePaul), Original Recipe (The Theatre School DePaul), The School for Scandal (The Theatre School DePaul University). 

Chris is one of the recipients of The Michael Maggio Directing Scholarships from the Goodman Theatre. He directed Mariela in the Desert by Karen Zacarias at first annual Goodman Theatre: New Stages Festival.  Chris served as the assistant director to Henry Godinez on the world premiere of Luis Alfaro's Electricidad at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago. He has worked at Next Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and The Dallas Theatre Center.

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 2nd Street Theatre.

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 and grant writing projects.

Chris holds an MFA 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. During his time at Mountview, Chris 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 LA 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 worked with Tony winner Rachel Chavkin on devising techniques for Cock and Bull's original play Voyage. 

Chris has been an adjunct faculty member at The Theatre School at DePaul University since 2005. 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 directing the story podcast series called The Children of Nyx by Noah Lepawsky.


"Fans of devised theatre should flock to this experimental, creative and visually intriguing production at the Chopin Theatre" - Chicago Stage Standard