TheatreVCU

Bostin Christopher

Bostin Christopher is the Senior Acting Teacher at VCU. He teaches Acting for Camera, The Business of Theatre, Audition Technique, and directs the annual showcase of graduates.

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Bostin has lived in New York City, Los Angeles, North Carolina, and Juneau. He holds an MFA from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a BA in Theatre from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

As an actor in film and TV, Bostin’s had the opportunity to work with a wide range of artists, some of which include: Unbreakable with Samuel L. Jackson, directed by M. Night Shyamalan; Otis with Daniel Stern, Kevin Pollak, and Illeana Douglas; Frozen Ground with John Cusack; Law & Order with Jerry Orbach; Scorpion King 3 with Billy Zane, Victor Webster, Dave Bautista, and Ron Perlman; In My Pocket with Glenn Morshower, Gregory Smith, and Zack Ward.

On stage, Bostin has appeared Off-Broadway in two world premieres: David Grimm’s Kit Marlowe with Christian Camargo (Dexter), Sam Trammell (True Blood), and the venerable character actor Keith David at The Public Theatre; Ice Island: The Wait for Shackleton produced by three-time Tony-winning producer Larry Hirschhorn (Hair, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Gentlemen’s Guide to Murder).

Bostin’s regional credits include: *The Poet in An Iliad by Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson, *Lennie in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, *Eric Bogosian’s Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead, Long John Silver in Ken Ludwig’s Treasure Island, Leonard in Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar, Oscar in Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, Lyman in Lanford Wilson’s Redwood Curtain

*Awarded Best Actor in Alaska

Bostin is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab; a company member of Perseverance Theatre, Kokopelli Theatre, and Circle East (formerly the Circle Rep); and a member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

In addition to his work as an actor and director, Bostin has a love of new work for the theatre and through his literary and directing work at Perseverance was involved in commissioning five new plays and was involved in producing at least one new play each season, including Marcus Gardley’s the road weeps, the well runs dry. For three years, he was the coordinator of the Fringe Festival at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference (LFTC). Additionally, he has served as a guest artist and workshop leader at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference (LFTC), the Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC), and the William Inge Center for the Arts. He has worked on new plays with NYSF/Public Theatre’s New Work Now!, Manhattan Theatre Club, Theatre for the New City, Moving Arts, Perseverance Theatre, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, and Seattle Rep. Bostin was the recipient of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) Continuing Education Grant where he explored new play development models at various theatres around the country.

Bostin has held positions at the two largest performing arts institutions in Alaska, most recently that of Artistic Associate at Perseverance Theatre where he produced Summerfest, a $400K summer festival of fully staged new work as well as workshops and residencies with playwright Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns), director Ken Rus Schmoll and Leon Ingulsrud (SITI).

Bostin has taught at the University of Alaska Southeast, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and the University of Alaska Anchorage. In addition, he has taught master classes and/or guest workshops on the business of theatre and acting in film at Prince William Sound College, Metropolitan Community College, and the William Inge Center for the Arts.

Full resumes, galleries, and more are available at http://bostinx.com.