Chris Will Bio

Meet Chris Will

Chris Will has been directing, teaching and performing musicals all around the world for the past 16 years, including two Off-Broadway shows (Time Being and The Jungle Queen Debutante). He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wyoming in Theatre & Dance and continued his education in the United Kingdom, earning his  Masters of Performance in Musical Theatre from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Cameron Mackintosh, who is the Broadway producer of Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Les Misérables, is president of the Royal Conservatoire. Chris was able to work with Mackintosh’s Broadway and West End artistic teams when he was attending The Royal Conservatoire, including George Stiles, Anthony Drewe (who wrote the additional music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Mary Poppins) and Martin Lowe (who most recently won a Tony for his musical orchestrations for the Broadway hit Once A New Musical). Chris has also performed in several workshops for new musical theatre, and worked with Jason Robert Brown (who has written Songs for a New World, The Last Five Years and Parade). Chris was honored to represent the United States as Young Buddy in a Broadway and West End star-studded production of Follies in Concert, at the Royal Concert Hall, in Glasgow, Scotland.

"How to Succeed in Musical Theater without really trying" written by Chris WillChris published "How to Succeed in Musical Theater without really trying" in December 2015. It is a practical handbook for the singing actor. Chris is currently in his seventh year teaching at Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC) with close to 60 theatre majors and has had the opportunity to teach a wide variety of courses including: Singing for the Actor, Acting for Musical theatre I, Acting for Musical Theatre II, Acting I (for majors and non-majors), Acting II, History of Musical Theatre, Introduction to Theatre (live and online), Jazz I, Stage Management and musical theatre voice lessons. Over the past five years Chris has directed, choreographed and or music directed many shows for the Main Stage season at WWCC.

Chris was also honored by Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2010, with a Meritorious Achievement Award for directing The Music Man at Western Wyoming College. In 2011 Chris received the Meritorious Achievement Award for acting, as a guest artist in the University of Wyoming’s production of Chicago, in which he played the role of Mary Sunshine.

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