Writer, actor, filmmaker, vocalist. For a long time, I wished I could stick to one thing! But as I've grown as an artist, I've learned to embrace my "diversity of expression." When I was directing my short film Mud Lotus, I was grateful for my experience as theatre director, musician and sound recorder, actor, and dramatic writer. When I started teaching classes in creative writing at the university level, I was grateful for my experience creating workshops, producing albums, working with actors. As I drafted and redrafted my novel, I was happy to have experience as a screenwriter to give me a sense of structure, and playwriting to give my dialogue foundation, and years of making albums to give me perseverance and the ability to work in a small dark room, wishing somebody would bring me take-out. Chris White playwright Chris White screenwriter author
"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."
- Anton Chekhov
"My heart is so small it's almost invisible. How can You place such big sorrows in it? 'Look,' he answered, 'your eyes are even smaller, yet they behold the world.'"
Born to a military family, with roots in rural Kentucky, l spent my childhood moving--from California to Alaska to D.C. to Las Vegas, from Kentucky to Florida to Colorado--to name a few. I received a BA in Theatre from the University of Colorado in Boulder, took additional training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Los Angeles, and earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
My earliest work was as a playwright, singer and actor. While having early plays produced, I sang in musicals, an acapella jazz group, coffee houses, and cabarets and later recorded numerous albums with new age, world and contemporary instrumental musicians like Peter Kater, R. Carlos Nakai, David Darling, and Nawang Khechog, as well as albums Skeleton Woman and Pagan Saints with my co-founded group Flesh and Bone. (See Music link above for links.)
My plays have been produced nationally and internationally, including Rhythms (Helen Hayes Award winner for Outstanding New Play), Thespian (published by Smith & Kraus in Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2011), Two-Character Play (published by Allyn & Bacon in Explore Theatre digital textbook), and Sin Eater (commissioned by Hollins University). (See Plays link above for details.) My passion for theatre led to working in film, and my feature-length screenplays, Pain Management and Weasel in the Icebox, made first cut at Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Weasel in the Icebox won an Award of Merit at the Women's Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles. And I wrote, directed and produced short (24 minute) film Mud Lotus, which was an official selection at US Festivals. (See Film or Screenplays links above for more info.)
Through much of what came before, I wrote fiction. My novel The Life List of Adrian Mandrick was published in April, 2018 by Touchstone Books (Simon & Schuster) thanks to my wonderful editor Lara Blackman and equally wonderful agent Tim Wojcik of Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. The audiobook was released by Recorded Books with the amazing David Aaron Baker narrating. And the paperback was released in February, 2019 by Atria Books (Simon & Schuster) with editor Isabella Betita. (See Novel link for a closer look.) I'm working on a second novel now...
Since 2002, I've taught creative writing at DePauw University near Greencastle Indiana, where I specialize in upper-level workshops in playwriting and screenwriting and courses in dramatic literature, living with my family alongside Big Walnut Creek.
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