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Christopher Murrah

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Christopher Murrah
Lecturer in Voice and Opera Yale School of Music
At YSM Since: 2016
Award(s): Princess Grace Foundation Theater Honorarium (2014)
The foundation of my work in training artists is that of curiosity in points of intersection; audience/performer, body/voice, thought/action, fiction/non, present/past/future. Working with the form of opera means exploring this intersectionality in a hyper-focused and hyper-sensitive manner that takes on both athleticism and art.

Christopher Murrah

The foundation of my work in training artists is that of curiosity in points of intersection; audience/performer, body/voice, thought/action, fiction/non, present/past/future. Working with the form of opera means exploring this intersectionality in a hyper-focused and hyper-sensitive manner that takes on both athleticism and art.

Christopher Murrah’s work in theater and opera has been seen at renowned venues around the world. Notably, he was the movement supervisor for La Traviataat the Mariinsky Theatre and Suor Angelica at Opera Nordsk in Oslo, Norway. Murrah has been involved in productions of classic operas, plays, and musicals, worked on such new plays as Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers by Michael Lluberes, Alphabetical by Tingying Ma, and The Sounds of My People by 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. At the Yale School of Music, he teaches “Dramatic Movement for Singers” and “Acting for Singers.” Beyond Yale, Murrah is also an adjunct faculty member at New York University, a guest artist at Florida State University, 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.

Productions
La Traviata (Verdi), The Three Sisters (Chekhov), 
The Crucible (Miller), Pericles and Hamlet (Shakespeare), Into the Woods (Sondheim/Lapine), Children of Eden (Schwartz/Caird), Man of La Mancha (Wasserman/Darion/Leigh)