Chris Fields is an award winning teacher, director, actor and producer.
As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway in James Duff’s Homefront with Carroll O’Connor and Frances Sternhagen directed by Michael Attenborough, off Broadway in Gary Sinise’s original Steppenwolf production of Orphans, Michael Greif’s Machinal at both Naked Angels and The Public and the world premiere of David Ives’ Words Words Words at The Manhattan Punchline, to name just a few. Regionally, he’s worked at The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, The Philadelphia Drama Guild, The Rep Theatre of St. Louis, The Missouri Repetory Theatre and was a proud member of the acting ensemble for Lloyd Richards at The Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. On film: Alien3, The Game, Fight Club and Zodiac for David Fincher as well as Jurassic Park, Apollo 13 and Stargate among others. He’s also been in numerous hour, half-hour, mini-series and mow’s on television.
In 1995, he founded the Ojai Playwrights Conference serving as Artistic Director until 2000. While there, he was responsible for bringing David Lindsay-Abaire and Adam Rapp to Southern California as well as work-shopping Betty’s Summer Vacation by Christopher Durang and David Ives’ Polish Joke, among many others.
He founded The Echo Theater Company in 1996 and, to date, as Artistic Director, he’s produced 63 Los Angeles premieres, 48 of which were world premieres. Along the way, they have been nominated for and won numerous Ovation and LA Weekly awards. Most recently, he won the 2015 LADCC Award for direction for Tommy Smith’s FIREMEN and the 2014 LA Weekly Award for Best Comedy Direction for his production of Gary Lennon’s A Family Thing.
He began teaching as an Adjunct Professor of Drama at SUNY Purchase in 1989 and since then has maintained a private studio in New York and Los Angeles.
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Kat Mills is an actress, filmmaker and yoga teacher. She received her BFA Drama from NYU. A lifelong dancer, Kat began to expand her study of movement while completing her studies. She has been influenced by her training in Grotowski, Suzuki, Commedia dell'Arte (Jim Calder), 5Rhythms, Post-Modern Dance (Annie-B Parson, Miguel Guttierez) and Viewpoints (Mary Overlie). Kat received her yoga teacher training at Pure Yoga, under the guidance of Yogi Charu and KK Clivio. Her class includes yoga, movement, and breath work to unify body, mind and spirit. www.kat-mills.com.
Jeanne is an actor, teaching artist and a native Angeleno. Theatre credits include work at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, LA Theatre Works, Center Theatre Group, La Jolla Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, and several smaller theaters across Los Angeles, including Antaeus, Sacred Fools, the Odyssey and the Echo. TV and film work includes Grey’s Anatomy, The Mentalist, Brothers & Sisters and the upcoming feature Honey Buddies. As a teaching artist, Jeanne worked for several years with the Virginia Avenue Project, a non-profit that provided long-term arts education to LAUSD students. She has studied vocal technique with Natsuko Ohama and Scott Levy, and her voice class is based on the work of Kristin Linklater, Chuck Jones and Patsy Rodenburg.