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Chris O’Neill is the founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare Carolina, a grassroots, nonprofit theatre company, dedicated to revitalizing the classics and winner of The Charlotte Arts and Theatre Association’s “Theatre of The Year” Award for 2015.
O’Neill has taught at Winthrop University and York Technical College.
As an actor, he has performed on stage, television and film.
O’Neill received his B.A. in Theatre and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Winthrop University.
Master of Arts with Honors – Arts Administration (Thesis: History of Shakespeare Carolina, 1996-2010 – May 2010 – GPA 4.0
Bachelor of Arts – Theatre Performance with a Creative Writing Minor at Winthrop University,
Rock Hill SC. Cumulative GPA 3.15, Major GPA 3.54, Minor GPA 3.42
Tim Mooney – Chicago – Classical Acting Technique
Paul Sills – Chicago, New York, Los Angeles (Improvisation)
Claire Sinnitt – University of California, Irvine (Acting for the Camera)
Lee Bruer – Mabou Mines Theatre Company (Theatre & New Technology Seminar)
Jo Clifford – Queen Margaret’s College, Edinbrough Scotland (Playwrighting)
Rob Mulholland, Monica Hayes – SC Repertory Company (Shakespeare)
Lindsey Pontious, Christopher Bealieu – Shakespeare & Company (Voice & Movement)
Patricia McCombs – (Private Study, Adler Method)
Wendy Overly, Chip Egan – Clemson University (Voice & Movement)
Kim Nichols Banks – Apogee Dance Theatre – (Dance & Movement)
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF THEARE – YORK TECHNICAL COLLEGE – 1/10 – Present
Developed and implemented a syllabus for York Tech’s THE101 Introduction to Theatre. Providing Non – Major Students, an overview of the art of Theatre, the jobs and personnel required for a theatrical production, a basic understanding of the history of theatre, as well as, encouraging the continued attendance of theatrical performance.
LECTURER IN THEATRE – WINTHROP UNIVERSITY – 8/05 – 8/11
Developed and implemented a syllabus for Winthrop University’s THRA 298 – Theatre Appreciation
Course. Providing Non – Major Students, an overview of the art of Theatre, the jobs and personnel required
for a theatrical production, a basic understanding of the history of theatre, as well as, encouraging the
continued attendance of theatrical performance.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR / FACILITY MANAGER – WINTHROP UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC – 9/01 – PRESENT
Operates and maintains technical aspects of Byrnes Auditorium, Tillman Auditorium, and The Barnes
Recital Hall. Provides expertise in as technical troubleshooter, during performances and determines
equipment maintenance and replacement schedules. Directs and coordinates the iroplementation of
contracts, providing equipment and personnel. Arranges and negotiates all rentals. Hires, trains and
supervises all crews needed to perform for event set – up, performance and breakdown. Schedules events
and maintains calendar for all three venues in coordination with The Department of Music. Assesses
company and artist contracts to determine technical requirements for performances.
ACTING INSTRUCTOR/AGENCY DIRECTOR – JOHN CASABLANCAS MODELING &
CAREER CENTER – 9/00 – 9/01
Responsible for the implementation of the John Casablancas On-Camera Acting Program. Classes include
Acting for the camera, Improvisation, Audition techniques, and scene and character study. Specializing in
Modern Stanislavkian Technique.
DRAMA TEACHER YORK COUNTY ACADEMY OF THE ARTS 6/97- 8/98
Developed and implemented a comprehensive Drama Curriculum for grades 2-12, to include, Viola
Spolin’s Improvisational Techniques as well as traditional Theatre History, Set & Lighting Design, Voice
& Movement, Playwriting, and Stage Combat.
FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – SHAKESPEARE CAROLINA – 1997 – PRESENT
Responsible for the artistic development of a 50 I C-3 non- – profit Shakespeare festival to include play
selection, directing, actor training, scene and lighting design. Also heavily involved in Fund-raising and
LEAD ACTING INSTRUCTOR – ICE MODELS & TALENT 5/96 – 4/00
Responsible for all aspects of the Acting program for Ice Models and Talent Agency. Classes include Acting for the camera, Improvisation, Audition techniques, and scene and character study as well as IMTA competition coach. Coached over 50 award-winning actors in international competition.
DIRECTOR / INSTRUCTOR – MONTICELLO OPERA HOUSE ARTS & EDUCATION -1994-
Developed and taugbt a workshop series geared for grades 9-12 and adults. This program was used as an
introduction to the forms and styles of performance used by the Opera House Stage Company. Emphasis
was placed on Shakespeare and other classical works.
FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – OPERA HOUSE STAGE COMPANY – 1994-1995.
Produced and directed a community theatre company in Northern Florida. Duties included fund-raising,
marketing, lighting and set design, as well as carpentry for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ten Little
PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR – MURDER MUSICALE – 1994-2000 Owner and operator of an interactive musical murder mystery theatre company. Performances were held at country clubs, bed & breakfasts, nightclubs, and restaurants in Florida and South Carolina. Supervised and directed 5 part-time professional actors and musicians.
Off-Tryon Theatre Company
Hamletmachine, Playing With Fire
Carolina Actor’s Studio Theatre
A Few Things You Need To Know Before The World Ends (a Final Evening With The Illuminati), Kiss of
The Spider Woman
Cyrano, Faustus, Titus Andronicus, Night of The Living Dead: Live!, Romeo and Juliet, The Servant of Two Masters, Frankenstein, Hamlet, Brecht’s Antigone, Measure For Measure, Talk to Me Like The Rain, The Tempest, Richard III, Antony and Cleopatra, Ines De Castro Macbeth, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of The Shrew, [They Fight], Macbeth (2017 nominee for Best Director)
Rock Hill Community Theatre
The Glass Menagerie
Opera House Stage Company
Ten Little Indians, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Winthrop University One Act Play Festival
Winthrop University Department of Theatre & Dance
Ines De Castro
No Fourth Wall (web series) EP: The Intervention – Long Walk Productions
Those Lonely Minutes – Eight13 (Nominated Best Thriller/Horror, Brightside Film Festival)
Decay – Eight13
Father’s Knots – Eight13
Touching in Texas – Eight13 (Nominated Best Cinematography, Brightside Film Sestival)
Madhouse – Eight13
The Man in The Iron Mask – Fouquet – Shakespeare Carolina
Frankenstein – Henry Clerville/Creature – Shakespeare Carolina
A Midsummer Night’s Dream– Bottom – Shakespeare Carolina
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – McMurphy – Carolina Actor’s Studio Theatre
Corpus Christi – Judas Iscariot – Off-Tryon Theatre Company
The Well of the Saints -Timmy the Smith – Carolina Actor’s Studio Theatre
Night of the Iguana – Jake Latta -Actor’s Theatre Charlotte
Vinegar Tom – Jack/Sprenger – Mad Moon Stage Productions
Ines De Castro – King/Chorus 5 – Mad Moon Stage Productions
A Midsummer Night’s Dream· Flute – S. C. Repertory Company
The Ghost Of Eddie’s Car – Paladin- Hilton Head Playhouse
Sherlock’s Last Case – Lestrade- Hilton Head Playhouse
Christmas Carol – Schoolmaster/Future – Hilton Head Playhouse
You Can’t Take It With You – Depinna • Hilton Head Playhouse
Musical Comedy Murders – Eddie McCuen – Hilton Head Playhouse
Biloxi Blues – Selridge- Hilton Head Playhouse
Principle Player – Hilton Head Homicides – 1989 – 1994
GSM Services – Wally (Spokesperson) – Sumner Group
No Fourth Wall (web series) – Irish Mobster – Long Walk Productions
America’s Most Wanted – Man In Bar – StC Productions
Nightwalk – Deputy – Galatea Productions
Commercial – Hilton Head Bank – Tri-Comm Productions
Halloween Horror Short Film Festival Massacre – Mad Scientist/Clay – Long Walk Productions
Too Old To Die Young – Frank Duncan – Long Walk Productions
Athena: Goddess of War – Manny – Maiden Comics Studios
Sword of The Spirit – Gang Leader – Long Walk Productions
- Weapons Training
- Stage Combat
- Camera Operation
- Video and Sound Editing.