Chris Myers

Chris Myers is an actor, writer, and educator out of New York City. Twitter: @negroquestions || Instagram: @chrismyersinc

Chris Myers is was born in New York City, and is based out of both NYC and Los Angeles. Working primarily as an actor, he trained at The Juilliard School after attending the British American Drama Academy, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, and The Harlem School of the Arts. He also works as a writer, director, producer, and teaching artist. On screen, he appears in Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” (Netflix), "The Resident" (Fox), "Sneaky Pete" (Amazon), “The Breaks” (VH1), and “The Good Fight” (CBS) and “Merry Happy Whatever” with Dennis Quaid on Netflix. He has conducted commercial work across screen and radio for brands like Google, FedEx, Subway, IBM, Dunkin Donuts, Wendy’s, and Publix.

In the theatre, he has worked primarily in new plays at leading cultural institutions including Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, Roundabout, The Atlantic, Second Stage, and Soho Rep. After winning an Obie Award for his performance in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' “An Octoroon”, he went on to perform in “Whorl Inside A Loop” and was noted as one of the New York Times’ Top Stage Moments of the Year. He has also worked at top regional theaters performing works by Shakespeare, August Wilson, and others. Chris was a member of the cast for The Public Theater's national headline grabbing production of "Julius Caesar" in the park. Theater work has brought him into collaboration with industry icons such as Tom Hanks, Phylicia Rashad, Woody Harrelson, and Frank Langella.

As a teaching artist, he has been on the faculty at the Harlem School of the Arts, where also served as Artist-In-Residence. He also inaugurated the Actors Advocate intensive with The Classical Theatre of Harlem. Separately, he conducts private acting coaching prioritizing BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students with affordable rates. Outside of early and mid-career teaching, he has a special focus on youth and non-traditional settings, having taught workshops in Horizons Juvenile Detention Center, the Outreach Program for recently incarcerated youth, the WHEELS school in Washington Heights, Northside Center, and LaGuardia High School. He also mentors NYC youth with PLOT.

His first foray into self-produced work, “Post-Emma”, was a guerrilla short film that received praise from Ava DuVernay. This encouragement eventually led to “GUAP”, a comedy pilot about gentrification in Washington Heights which Chris wrote, co-directed, and produced. He successfully overfunded it on Kickstarter for $23,161. The project led to a runaway press in outlets such as VIBE, Remezcla, IndieWire, Curbed, Participant Media, and many more. He has since released a second experimental guerrilla short, “The Interruption.” Besides writing on his own projects, he has contributed writing to the feature film “Scenes From The Underground."

Chris has also stepped into live producing, gathering the production team for Interfest, a three-day festival of arts and ideas that brings together community for liberation. The unique event, formerly in residence at the Harlem School of the Arts, drew together panels, play readings, spoken word, garden tours, interactive arts, and communal meals, all provided for for free to some 400 attendees.

Most recently, his work has revolved around Anticapitalism for Artists a "community dedicated to raising the class consciousness of artists." While the core of the work is education and study, A4A recently produced a three-day, six-event weekend of virtual panels, workshops, teach-in's, and discussions featuring artists like Boots Riley, Hannah Black, Samora Pinderhuges, and many more, as well as organizations including the Workers Arts Project, Hollywood Labor (DSA-LA), and LA Coop Lab.

It is through a deep-seated passion for storytelling, questioning, experimentation, and communal witnessing that Chris is drawn to the performing arts and its various intersections. This endless discovery sustains him across medium demographics, and formats. You can learn more about his intentions by reading his artist statement.

The author, Chris Mayers (left), and Rachel Nicks (right) in a hospital scene for the play WAR.
Art at Work
Essay

Art at Work

Class Consciousness and the Transformation of the World

20 April 2021

Chris Myers talks about the importance of class politics and makes a case for why artists ought to reckon with it, both as creative people and just plain workers.