Chris Abraham is a multi-award winning theatre and film director, dramaturg, and teacher who has worked with Canada’s foremost artists and theatres, including the Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage Company, Tarragon Theatre, Segal Centre, Centaur Theatre, Globe Theatre, and Theatre Junction, among many others.
In 2000, he co-founded and was the Co-Artistic Director of Bill Glassco’s Montreal Young Company. In 2003, Chris directed the film adaptation of Kristen Thomson’s award-winning hit I,Claudia, for which he won a Gemini Award. The film was also named one of 2004′s top ten Canadian films by the Toronto International Film Festival. A graduate of the National Theatre School’s directing program, Abraham later served as Co-Director of the school’s renowned directing program (2006-2010). Chris has directed the highly lauded Stratford Festival productions of For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, The Little Years, The Matchmaker, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and returned in 2015 to direct Taming of The Shrew. Abraham’s first season (2008-09) marked Crow’s 25th Anniversary and was a milestone year with 15 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations.
Since then, Crow’s has continued to build on its body of new work, with notable world-premieres of Eternal Hydra, Instructions to Any Socialist Government Wishing to Abolish Christmas, SEEDS, Someone Else, Winners and Losers, We Are Not Alone, and The Watershed. Abraham was the recipient of the John Hirsch and Ken MacDougall Awards.
In 2013, Chris Abraham was the recipient of the Siminovitch Prize, the most prestigious and valuable performing arts prize in Canada. Said the Siminovitch Committee: “Chris Abraham was, ultimately and after great discussion, the unanimous choice of the Jury because of the vast array of his practice, his remarkable mentorship already, and for the new threshold at his feet as he moves to not only do theatre but to build one as well, with the construction of a new space for Crow’s Theatre in East End Toronto.”
During his directorship of Crow’s Theatre, critics and audiences alike have consistently and enthusiastically received the organization’s artistic work. For Crow’s, Chris has forged meaningful, long-lasting artistic partnerships with artists and companies across the country and abroad, which has directly enabled the continued life of Crow’s theatre works through touring and co-production.