Graduating Year: 2004
College Attended: Illinois State University
Current Occupation: Social Media Manager at Hubbard Radio Chicago
Fine Arts Activities: Fall & Winter Plays, Spring Musical, Choir, Mixed Company, Madrigal Dinner
Awards & Accomplishments: 2003 Prospect High School Best Actor Award, 2011 Radio’s Interactive Superstar, 2013 Best Use of Interactive Media – 60 Seconds of the Show
Growing up in Mount Prospect, Chris always loved making people laugh, but as a Freshman at Prospect High School, he never considered auditioning for the fall or winter plays, let alone the spring musical. At the beginning of his Sophomore year, Chris followed a friend into the theater and decided to audition for the fall play on a whim. He was cast as Sergeant Reynolds in Little Moon of Alban, his first taste of the Prospect stage.
During the rehearsal process for Moon, Chris met a new teacher at Prospect, Mr. Jeremy Morton. He was shadowing the production, but planned to direct that year’s spring musical, Damn Yankees and encouraged Chris to audition, so he did. After his experience working with Mr. Morton on Damn Yankees, Chris went on to play such roles as The Plant in Little Shop of Horrors, Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, David Kolowitz in Enter Laughing, John Adams in 1776, and J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. He was also a member of Mixed Company, Varsity and Chamber Choirs, the first “Short R&J”, and active with Student Council.
After graduating from Prospect in 2004, Chris went on to study acting and creative writing at Illinois State University. He performed in such ISU productions as The House of Blue Leaves, Romeo & Juliet, The Who’s Tommy, and Bury the Dead. Chris also wrote, directed, and performed in a play he conceived titled Eyes Open based on the music of Jason Mraz.
Currently, Chris lives in Chicago with his wife Amy. He is the Social Media Manager for Hubbard Radio Chicago and can be heard as “Social Media Chris” on The Eric & Kathy Morning Show on 101.9fm THE MIX. The Jamz, a web series that Chris wrote and starred in with his friend, Jim Kozyra, recently won a digital series order from The Orchard Go Project at the 2014 New York Television Festival. Chris & Jim also won a Digital Series Order from Travel Channel & ULive for their sports stadium themed web series, Game Day at the NYTVF.
If Chris hadn’t been exposed to the arts at Prospect High School in such a positive, welcoming, and creative environment he never would have gone on to find his true passion, entertaining. Teachers and mentors like Mr. Morton never made the arts just feel like “a hobby”, they were an outlet, a place where students could come together and create something from nothing while working together. The things that Chris learned as a fine arts student at Prospect High School continue to positively impact him today.