Theater Director 

CHRISTAIN ÁVILA

Biography

Christian Ávila is a theater director, playwright, and actor based in New York City. Recent credits include Dark Yes (work in progress co-creator with Richard Schechner/ ensemble), Masseur (co-director, playwright, producer) at Theater for the New City (2018 Dream Up-Festival). Debates (co-creator) with Theater in Asylum, performed at The Drama League. He is founding member of Back to Work Collective creating Feminist Flashmob performed at The Women’s March on Washington D.C. in 2017. Chasing the Dream (Co-creator, performer) Columbia University. 

Ávila also directed, wrote, and produced Daddy’s Boy at Theater for the New City in 2015. Other credits include: Big Love, Daddy’s Boy Alice, Falling in Line at PTC, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land at TDPS, Berkeley. On stage in 20 Questions and Last Unicorn at TDPS, and on screen as Host and Co-Creator of Club TV in San Francisco.

He holds an M.A. Theater from LIU Post. His undergraduate studies were at UC Berkeley (B.A. Dramatic Art). He has studied under the tutelage of Stan Lai, Anne Bogart, SITI Company, and Richard Schechner and is a Drama League semi-finalist for the 2019 New York Directing Fellowship.

Masseur 

Christian Avila-Playwright, Co- Director, Producer

Melissa Flower -Co-Director, Producer

Theater for the New City

Cast: Caleigh Drane, Broderick Merritt Ballantyne, Brandon Otis 

2018

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CHRISTIAN ÁVILA

Theater Director 

Biography

Christian Ávila is a theater director, playwright, and actor based in New York City. Recent credits include Dark Yes (work in progress co-creator with Richard Schechner/ ensemble), Masseur (co-director, playwright, producer) at Theater for the New City (2018 Dream Up-Festival). Debates (co-creator) with Theater in Asylum, performed at The Drama League. He is founding member of Back to Work Collective creating Feminist Flashmob performed at The Women’s March on Washington D.C. in 2017. Chasing the Dream (Co-creator, performer) Columbia University. 

Ávila also directed, wrote, and produced Daddy’s Boy at Theater for the New City in 2015. Other credits include: Big Love, Daddy’s Boy Alice, Falling in Line at PTC, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land at TDPS, Berkeley. On stage in 20 Questions and Last Unicorn at TDPS, and on screen as Host and Co-Creator of Club TV in San Francisco.

He holds an M.A. Theater from LIU Post. His undergraduate studies were at UC Berkeley (B.A. Dramatic Art). He has studied under the tutelage of Stan Lai, Anne Bogart, SITI Company, and Richard Schechner and is a Drama League semi-finalist for the 2019 New York Directing Fellowship.

Portfolio

The Debates

Created by Christian Avila, Lawrence Dreyfuss,

Kara Hankard, Samantha Keogh, Colleen Hughes, Diana Levy, Katie Palmer, Emily Rose Prats, and Dan Stearns.

Drama League

2017

Feminist Flashmob

Created and Performed by Back to Work Collective

Woman’s March on Washington

2017

Daddys Boy (Actor's Equity Showcase) 

Christian Avila-Playwright, Director, Producer

Theater for the New City

Cast: David Conrad Brouillard, Julia Gyory, Aya Esther Hayashi Jonathan Palmiotti, Christopher Staley*, Kyle Stockburger, Rachel Whorton, Nick Zale 

*(member of AEA) 

2015

Daddy’s Boy 

Christian Avila-Playwright, Director, Producer

Post Theater Company

Cast: Christopher Balbi, Paige Borden, Meredith Binder, Daniel George, Morgan Siobhan Green, Tyler Matos, Melanie Overfield, Cody Petit, Isis Seaman, Jeffrey Tierney

2014

Alice

Christian Avila-Co-Creator/Assistant Director

Post Theater Company

Cast: Anna Betteridge, Rhaamell Burke-Misouri, Kristen Camos, Rosalind Cavallaro, Virgelia Jade, Linda Liebman, Catherine Cela Ojo, Jonathan Palmiotti, Jenny Rubin  

2013

Dark Yes (Devised Work in Progress)

NYC

Richard Schlechter & Ensemble

2019-

 

Press Archive

 

2019

2018

2015

 

Productions

        Dark Yes | Richard Schechner | Ensemble |NYU

        Masseur  | Christian Avila/Melissa Flower | Theater for the New City

        Debates 18 | Christian Avila/Theater in Asylum | The Drama League

        Chasing the Dream | Miller | Ensemble |Columbia University 

        Feminist Flashmob | Back to Work Collective | Women’s March/D.C. 

        Daddy’s Boy | Christian Avila | Theater for the New City

        The Persians | Aeschylus |Skidmore College

        Daddy’s Boy | Christian Avila|Post Theater Company

        Alice | Christian Avila | Post Theater Company

        Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land | Stan Lai |UC Berkeley

Assistant Director

        Big Love | Dir: Jason Jacobs | Post Theater Company

        Falling in Line | Dir: Matt Dickson | Post Theater Company

        Marat/Sade  | Dir: Jason Jacobs | Post Theater Company

       

Related Positions

        Founding Member | Back to Work Collective 

 

Education

        MA | LIU Post | Theater Directing | 2015

        BA  | UC Berkeley | Dramatic Art | 1995

 

Training

        Richard Schechner 

        Tadashi Suzuki/SCOT Company | Suzuki Method | 2017

        SITI Company | Suzuki Method/Viewpoints | 2013-2018

        Stan Lai | 1994

 

Additional Skills

        Fluent in Spanish

        Yoga Instructor (Integral Yoga Institue)

        LMT 

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movement training

SUZUKI METHOD

Developed by internationally acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga, the Suzuki Method’s principal concern is with restoring the wholeness of the human body to the theatrical context and uncovering the actor’s innate expressive abilities. A rigorous physical discipline drawn from such diverse influences as ballet, traditional Japanese and Greek theater, and martial arts, the training seeks to heighten the actor’s emotional and physical power and commitment to each moment on the stage. Attention is on the lower body and a vocabulary of footwork, sharpening the actor’s breath control and concentration.  

VIEWPOINTS

A technique of improvisation that grew out of the postmodern dance world.  It was first articulated by choreographer Mary Overlie, who broke down the two dominant issues performers were dealing with -time and space- into six categories. She called her approach the Six Viewpoints. SITI Company’s Anne Bogart and company members expanded 0verlie’s notions and adapted them for actors. The Viewpoints allows a group of actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively, and to generate bold, theatrical work quickly. It develops flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement and facilitates ensemble building. 

INTEGRAL YOGA

A comprehensive system for personal transformation-physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The practice incorporates postures, deep relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation that result in a profound experience of peace and well-being.  This practice is for everyone of any age or condition and are encourages one to explore each posture at one’s own pace, mindfully observing what arises without judgement or expectation. By balancing effort and surrender, one discovers their individual optimal flow of energy to achieve greater flexibility, strength, poise, and mental focus. Besides promoting the health of all the systems of the body, the Integral Yoga system is designed to draw one into a physical and mental stillness that leads to an experience of one’s true nature, which is ever peaceful and happy.

Contact

917-995-8180

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