Chris Ignacio is an NY based theatre artist, musician, puppeteer, producer and educator. He has toured nationally and abroad since earning his BFA from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He is a 2017/18 Culture Push Fellow, and Queens Council on the Arts Community Engagement Commissioning grant recipient for his project Co-written, which involves collaborative songwriting with young people of color. He is dedicated to working collaboratively with marginalized communities toward an empowering self-actualization through theater and music.
Notable collaborators include: Composer Gene Sxip Shirey, HERE Arts Center, InTandem Lab, Merry Conway (Clowning), SITI Company, Loco7 Dance Puppet Theater, Theodora Skipitares, Jane Catherine Shaw, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, National Asian Artists Project (NAAP), Broadway Barkada, Yara Arts Group, Watoku Ueno, Moscow ART, Elizabeth Swados, Joe's Pub, Live Source Theater Group, Dixon Place, The Brick, Superhero Clubhouse, The Bushwick Starr, and the entire La MaMa family.
“I am constantly examining the phenomenon of the human voice and movement. I am also fascinated by puppets and how we see ourselves in them.
My curiosity towards the voice and body extends throughout all my work, in the joyful life of the clown, the commercial voice over actor, a non-vocal dancing object/puppet, or the naked vulnerability of a singer onstage. The concept of voice as identity is a constant theme being picked apart and rearranged to ask more questions.
It is my aim to work with audiences (particularly marginalized and under served communities) toward an empowering self-actualization through movement and voice work. I hope to encourage the materialization of the richness of their imaginations into meaningful works of art. Sharing insight into the process of knowing oneself is, in my opinion, an invaluable gift we can offer as artists.”