CHRISTOPHER SAMUEL CARROLL
Actor - Writer - Theatremaker - Educator
Christopher Samuel Carroll is an Irish theatre-artist based in Sydney & Canberra, trained at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin, and Ecole Internationale du Theatre Jacques Lecoq, Paris. As an actor, he has worked with companies all over Ireland, and as artistic director of Bare Witness Theatre Company, creates physical theatre in ensembles and as a solo performer. Described as “the master of the solo performance” (Canberra Critics’ Circle), Christopher has built a reputation as a daring and skilled creator of one-man shows.
His Victorian blockbuster, Early Grave, Fashionably Late, sold out at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra after a run at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne as part of their curated summer program in December 2016. His Butoh adaptation of Paradise Lost, described as “a culturally shattering event” (City News), was developed during a five-week residency at Belconnen Arts Centre, before touring to the Adelaide Fringe and to Perth, where it was nominated for The West Australian Arts Editor Award and shortlisted for the Best Theatre award at Fringe World 2017. His wordless physical odyssey, Icarus, debuted at The Blue Room, Perth, with the support of artsACT, winning the Fringe World overall award for Dance and Physical Theatre, before returning for a critically acclaimed season at The Street Theatre in February 2019.
Since moving to Canberra in 2016, he has become one of the city’s most prolific and celebrated performers. In 2019, Christopher was the recipient of the inaugural Helen Tsongas award for Excellence in Acting, for his roles inTwelfth Night, Icarus, Howie the Rookie, and Metamorphosis. Bare Witness Theatre Company is the resident theatre company of Belconnen Arts Centre for 2020.
As a teacher, Christopher is specialised in Movement for the Actor, as well as teaching voice, acting, and dramaturgy, with students of all ages and levels. He currently teaches movement and acting with NIDA Open, Perform Australia (formerly CADA), Canberra Youth Theatre, and Tuggeranong Arts Centre's Messengers program, and has previously taught specialist classes with students of Daramalan College, Chevalier College, and Kim Harvey School of Dance, as well as professional masterclasses through The Street Theatre and Belconnen Arts Centre. He also teaches private voice classes and audition preparation for individuals.