Dr. Christopher "Chris" Berchild
Dr. Chris Berchild is the chairperson of the Department of Theater where he teaches Theater History and Theory, Play Analysis, Directing, Dramaturgy, and Projection and Sound Design. Chris received his BA in Theatre from Claremont McKenna College (Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance), his MA in Irish Studies (emphasis in Irish drama) from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and his PhD in Drama and Theatre from the University of California San Diego. Chris has worked in theatre for a number of years as a director, a stage manager, a designer, a theatre educator, and in many other areas. He has served as Artistic Director for the Claremont School of Theatre Arts at Pomona College in California for four years, edited and serves on the Advisory Board for TheatreForum International Theatre Journal, has worked for DeafWest Theatre for the Deaf in Los Angeles, and is the general editor for Peter Lang’s Irish Studies series. Chris has published extensively on Irish and Czech drama and theatre as well as on contemporary performance. His other writings can be found in TheatreForum International Theatre Journal.
Berchild is also the director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Media Technology in the Arts (ICMTA), which is housed in the ISU Department of Theater. Berchild is also artistic director of Crossroads Repertory Theatre, where he has directed numerous productions, including RENT (2015), Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (2014), The Woman in Black (2013), A Midsummer NIght's Dream (2012), Frankenstein (2010), Much Ado About Nothing (2009), Macbeth (2008), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (2006), and The Spitfire Grill (2005). He is currently working on a book project on new media design for live performance and Shakespearean scenography in Asia and Eastern Europe.
Berchild, Christopher. “A Keen Adaptation: ‘Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire’ and Bolger’s The Lament for Arthur Cleary.” Theatrical Adaptation in Ireland from 1970 to 2007. Thierry Dubost, ed. University of Caen Press, 2012. Book and DVD.
Berchild, Christopher. “L’Adaptation de Mélopées: Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire et The Lament for Arthur Cleary de Dermot Bolger.” L’adaptation théâtrale en Irlande de 1970 à 2007. Thierry Dubost, ed. University of Caen Press, 2010.
Berchild, Christopher. “Ireland Rearranged: Contemporary Irish Drama and the Irish-American Stage.” Irish Theater in America: Essays on Irish Theatrical Diaspora. Edited by John P. Harrington. Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 2008.
Berchild, Christopher. “After the Flood: Resurrecting Prague's Archa Theatre.” TheatreForum International Theatre Journal, 32 (2008), 76-83.
Berchild, Christopher. “This Geometry of Memory: SITI and Charles Mee’s Hotel Cassiopeia.” TheatreForum International Theatre Journal, 31 (2007), 11-18.
Berchild, Christopher. “Toward a Poetics of Urban Irish Performance: Resisting International Expectations.” Ireland and Transatlantic Poetics: Essays in Honor of Denis Donoghue. Edited by Brian G. Caraher and Robert Mahony. Newark: U of Delaware P, 2007.
Berchild, Christopher. “Irish Odysseys: Mikel Murfi’s Theatre of Perspective.” TheatreForum International Theatre Journal, 20 (2002), 49-55.
Shakespearean scenography in Asia and Eastern Europe
Multimedia/Intermedia design, performance, direction and projection mapping
Modern and Contemporary Irish drama and performance
Classical Asian Theatre Styles (Sanskrit, Kabuki, Noh)
Contemporary Central/Eastern European drama and performance
Human geography, urbanism, and spatial theory