Chris Earle

Chris Earle is an award-winning playwright, actor, director and teacher, as well as Co-Artistic Director of the night kitchen, a theatre company he founded with Shari Hollett in 1992.

“A brilliant nuanced script and performance from Earle” – New York Magazine


Chris’s plays include the acclaimed Radio: 30 (Dora Award, Chalmers Award, Canadian Comedy Award), Democrats Abroad (NYC Fringe Excellence Award), Russell Hill (6 Dora nominations), the twin comedies Expectation and Big Head Goes to Bed, co-created with Hollett, as well as adaptations of Dickens’ Hard Times (Puppetmongers/the night kitchen), and numerous scripts for Ross Petty Productions’ holiday family musical, including Cinderella, Robin Hood, and Peter Pan in Wonderland. Chris has been a member of the Tarragon Playwrights Unit, a Playwright-in-Residence with Tarragon and The Banff Playwrights Colony, and was a series writer for CBC Radio’s The Muckraker and CBC TV’s The Second City’s Next Comedy Legend.


Most recently, Chris directed the Fringe hits She Grew Funny and For the Record, as well as The Hotline Always Blings Twice for The Second City. Other directing includes Karen Hines’ Dora nominated musical Hello…Hello (Tarragon), Howie The Rookie (Summerworks), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Equity Showcase/George Brown College). Chris has directed numerous shows for The Second City Toronto, including Sixteen Scandals (Canadian Comedy Award), Live Wrong and Prosper, The Second City Guide to the Symphony (TSO, Kennedy Center, North American Tour), Twist Your Dickens, An Evening with Martin Short and Last Tango on Lombard. Chris is also director and co-creator of the podcast/web series Live from the Centre.


Chris has appeared in many of his own plays, including his Dora award-winning Radio :30. Other roles include The Trouble with Mr. Adams, Russell Hill, Faust and Miracle Mother for Tarragon Theatre, Mayhem and the Naked Writer, The Knee Plays 2, and Doubt for Theatre Columbus, Possible Worlds for Theatre Passe Muraille and the Carrefour Festival, The Martha Stewart Projects for Pea Green Productions, and The Old Man’s Band at the Blyth Festival, among many others. TV roles include Slings and Arrows, The Newsroom, Due South, Conspiracy of Silence, Chasing Rainbows, Gentle Sinners, and the animated series Rescue Heroes. Chris teaches improvisation, acting, and writing at The Second City Training Centre, and has taught as a guest artist at Canadore College, Humber College, Sheridan College, Cawthra Park Secondary, Etobicoke School of the Arts, and Earl Haig Secondary.

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