Chris Berry cites his biggest strength as his expertise in the various aspects of theater and the willingness to participate where needed. Born in New York, his formal theater training began at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Under the tutelage of Frankie Day, he earned his BFA in Acting in 2008. He then began his work at Brown Trinity Rep, where he earned his MFA in Acting in 2011. At Trinity Rep, he was able to work as a Teacher's Assistant in Voice and Speech under Thom Jones.
Through his institutional studies, he served as a board member of the Black Theater Network, beginning in 2006, as the Undergraduate Liason. He continues to work with BTN, currently as the Parliamentarian. He also serves as the Irene Ryan Scholarship Co-Coordinator for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Chris currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Acting at Florida A&M University. He has directed two shows, Detroit '67 and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He most recently served as Assistant Director of The First Noel: A Musical, directed by Steve H. Broadnax, III at the historic Apollo Theater for the Classical Theater of Harlem. He is also the Co-Creator of We Are Soul Nerds a multimedia production company dedicated to the production of new work and collaborations.
Chris had the honor and privilege to work, "Exposure" a new play by Steve DiUbaldo at the Eugene O'Neill 2017 National Playwrights Conference. Along with working at this famed institution, Chris also got the oppotunity to be coached by none other than UConn famed Basketball Coach, Jim Calhoun. Click below to see a gallery of pictures and an article about the event.
Bringing two of Chris' loves (cycling and theater) he finished a 600+ ride to help raise money and awarness for the Black Theatre Network. On his ride, chris raised over $6,000 for the organization. He then presented and participated in the Black Theatre Networks conference. Directly after, Chris' performed in Playmakers Repertory Company's opening production of their 2017-18 season with "Count". Pictures can be found in the media gallery page.