Chris Fields is a Los Angeles-based director, teacher, and actor who is currently the Artistic Director of the award-winning Echo Theater Company, which he founded in 1996. Most recently, he produced and directed the World Premiere of Tommy Smith’s FIREMEN for The Echo and as well as winning the LA Weekly Award for best Comedy Direction for his production of Gary Lennon’s A FAMILY THING. He also appeared in the critically acclaimed and Ovation nominated Los Angeles premiere of Marc Schultz’ Everything Will Be Different and produced the world premiere production of Wirehead for The Echo which was nominated for seven LA Weekly Awards. Before that he directed the world premiere of Kate Robin’s What They Have at South Coast Repertory, the Los Angeles premiere of Jessica Goldberg’s Body Politic , which received four Ovation nominations, the world premiere of The Illustrious Birth of by Padraic Duffy, Kate Robin’s Anon, Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play, the world premiere of Paul Zimmerman's Pigs and Bugs, and the world premiere of Eat Me by Jacqueline Wright, which was nominated for six LA Weekly Awards including Best Director. He produced the Echo production of Bryan Davidson's War Music at the Los Angeles Theater Center, which won three Ovation Awards including one for Best Premiere Play and one for Best Ensemble. Chris founded and was Artistic Director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Additionally, as a director, he's worked with and staged plays by Adam Rapp, David Lindsay-Abaire Christopher Durang, Ellen McLaughlin, Napoleon Ellsworth, Bernardo Solano, Deborah Prior, Neal Bell, Kira Obolensky, Herman Daniel Farrell III, and Quincy Long, among many others. His work in film includes his adaptation of Neal Bell’s Out the Window, which he produced and directed, and his recent short Sunnyslope, which was awarded Best New York Film at the New York Film and Video Festival and nominated for Best in Fest at the Great Lakes Film Festival. As an actor, Chris has appeared on Broadway (Homefront), Off Broadway (Machinal at the Public, Aristocrats at Manhattan Theater Club and Orphans with Steppenwolf at the Westside Arts) and has numerous regional credits, among them Golden Boy, All My Sons, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, and 2. His acting credits in film and television include Zodiac, Fight Club, Apollo 13, The Game, Jurassic Park, Stargate, Alien 3, and Jacobs Ladder, as well as appearances on The Closer, Sleepercell (recurring), ER (recurring), NYPD Blue, Boston Public, and Ally MacBeal to name a few. Additionally, he was a proud member of the acting ensemble of the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference at the National Theater Center under Lloyd Richards. Chris was an adjunct professor of drama at SUNY Purchase and maintains a workshop in Los Angeles.
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