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Christopher Murrah is a lecturer in acting and movement at the Yale School of Music. Murrah’s work in theater and opera has been seen around the world at such renowned venues as the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he served as movement director for the Mariinsky Opera’s new staging of Verdi’s La Traviata. Murrah has been involved in productions of such classic and contemporary plays as Man of La Mancha (Wasserman/Darion/Leigh), The Crucible (Miller), Pericles and Hamlet (Shakespeare), Into the Woods (Sondheim/Lapine), Children of Eden (Schwartz/Caird), and The Three Sisters (Chekhov). He has worked on such new plays as Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers (Michael Lluberes), Alphabetical (Tingying Ma), and The Sounds of My People (Tabia Lau) and has been part of the development of works by Matthew Minnicino, Daaimah Mubashshir, and David Kimple.
Murrah is a passionate educator who believes that theater and art are essential to community development. He is a member of the Acting Manitou summer program for young artists and a professional member of the Actors’ Equity Association and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He holds a master’s degree in directing from Columbia University, where he was the beneficiary of scholarship funding from The Shubert Foundation. He is also an adjunct faculty member at New York University and a guest artist at Florida State University. In 2014, he was the recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation Theater Honorarium.