About Chris

Christopher Limber is an award-winning playwright, composer, director and actor - whose career has spanned over 38 years acting, directing and providing scripts, music and lyrics for theatres around the country, including The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Childsplay Theatre in Phoenix, AZ and Idaho Theatre for Youth. Christopher has acted in over 75 productions and directed more than 60, including shows for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Union Avenue Opera and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Two of his directorial projects received awards: Bent for HotCity Theatre received a St. Louis Post-Dispatch “Judy Award” (2001), for Best Drama, and Twelfth Night for St. Louis Shakespeare was named “Best Shakespeare Production” in 2001 by The Riverfront Times.


Mr. Limber is currently the Director of Adult Prison Programs for Prison Performing Arts, St. Louis, MO where he creates and directs plays with inmates in three Missouri prisons year-round.  Before his current appointment in 2015 he was Education Director for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. He oversaw the touring productions which reached 20,000+ students each season. Me & Richard 3, which he wrote and produced, toured in 2008, then won the 2009 Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Production for Young Audiences.  He wrote, co-wrote and directed most of the Festival Tour productions. Tempest in a Flash!, Much A Doo-Wop About Nothing, and A Midsummer Night's Dream...In the Wink of an Eye!, which all received Kevin Kline Award nominations, and for 2010, Quick-Brewed Macbeth, earned a second consecutive Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Production for Young Audiences. His most recent Shakespeare inspired works include All the World’s a Stage, Shrew in a Few, Quick Delight Twelfth Night, and Cruel to be Kind?, an original script inspired by As You Like It which uses Shakespeare’s life in 1599 to illuminate the subject of bullying.  This immensely popular production ran for two seasons with an accompanying workshop “Bullies and Boundaries,” and has reached over 60,000 students. As Education Director he designed, produced and managed the Festival’s other “In the Schools” programs throughout the year for students of all ages. The Festival’s educational offerings were named "Best Children's Theatre" by The Riverfront Times in 2005.


As a composer/lyricist, Christopher’s published scores include Kabuki Ugly Duckling and The Secret Garden, both collaborations with playwright Pamela Sterling. The Secret Garden won the Most Distinguished Play Award from The American Association of Theatre in Education.  Original Cast Recordings in New York City featured his orchestrations for Journey to the Center of the Earth by Stephen Dolginoff, recently released on CD.


Christopher Limber holds a BFA in Acting from the State University of New York at Purchase. He has taught Shakespeare, acting, acting styles, improvisation, voice, speech, and movement for actors of all ages at every major educational institution in St. Louis – including the Center of Contemporary Arts (COCA), Saint Louis University, University of Missouri in St. Louis, Washington University, St. Louis, Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville, as well as workshops and teacher training at over a hundred middle, high and elementary schools throughout Missouri and Illinois.  Mr. Limber has been a national trainer around the world for Opera America, traveling internationally to present the curriculum Music! Words! Opera!, for teachers and opera companies.


Mr. Limber currently is working towards a Masters in Writing for Children and Young People through the nationally recognized program at Vermont University of Fine Arts.  He studied English Literature and Shakespeare for a summer at Exeter College - University of Oxford, England and is a graduate of the Community Artists Training offered through the Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis.  Mr. Limber is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, the Dramatists’ Guild and is a certified hypnotherapist and member of the National Guild of Hypnotherapists, specializing in individual performance coaching for all the performing arts.  He also develops personalized creative visualization and hypnosis tapes for artists in the theatre, music, dance and the visual arts.

 

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