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Chris Soldevilla has been teaching and performing as an improviser and working actor for over 25 years.  He has coached actors for television shows such as “Lost,” Once Upon a Time” and “V“. He has assisted actors and non-actors alike in getting their bearings and finding their voice. Chris’ goal is to help people not only gain confidence and control but to put the best version of themselves forward, allowing them to work more often.  Establishing comfort and understanding is paramount to his teaching style.

Chris is a certified instructor of LA-based coach Ivana Chubbuck and utilizes her style, along with a culmination of experiences from Stella Adler Academy, Groundlings Improv, and a variety of other studios and personal work in his approach.  He has developed a style that helps actors create a foundation for their work, taking the guess-work out of why they are “on” or “off”.

Actors both well-established and new to the industry have praised Chris’ style and technique as bringing ease and simplicity to the craft in which has helped them to raise their work to higher levels.

Chris can be seen performing regularly with Seattle-based improv troupe, The Edge, the first Saturday of every month at the Bainbridge Performing Arts, Bainbridge Island, WA. For more information on The Edge and their other Seattle scheduled performances, visit their site: The Edge Improv

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

 Improvisation Performance & Study:

  • 2 years study The Groundlings,  Los Angeles
  • 5 years L.A. Connection,  Los Angeles
  • 4 years Uncontrolled Substance, Boston
  • 2 years Guilty Children,  Boston
  • 2 years with in-house improv group at The Comedy Store, Los Angeles
  • 3 years as invited guest with Acme Unplugged,  elite invite-only show at Acme Theater, Los Angeles

Acting Technique:

  • 1 year Stella Adler Academy, Los Angeles
  • 10 years Ivana Chubbuck Studios (now a certified instructor of the Chubbuck Technique) Los Angeles

On Camera Technique

  • 3 years at Tony Barr’s Film Actor’s Workshop, Los Angeles

 Audition Technique:

  • 1 year Margie Haber Audition Workshops
  • 4 years Reel Pros audition sessions

Commercial Acting:

  • Various commercial acting classes resulting in work in over 50 television and radio ads

Voice over/radio:

  • 2 years of study at Kalmenson & Kalmenson voice workshops, Los Angeles
  • 2 years radio advertising for Del Taco restaurants
  • Animation audio re-dubbing for Warner Brothers
  • Character audio for video children’s books

TEACHING BACKGROUND

Television/Camera:

  • On set and/or private coach for television shows such as Lost, Once Upon A Time, Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, andas well as countless professional audition consultations

Improv:

  • Over twenty years of teaching privately and for studios such as Beverly Long Casting, Los Angeles, Tiffany Talent, Seattle, and the Bainbridge Performing Arts Center, Bainbridge Island WA
  • Currently owner and instructor of the Studio, Bainbridge Island WA
  • Teacher at West Sound Academy, Poulsbo WA
  • Teacher at Hyla Middle School, Bainbridge Island WA
  • Performing Member/Creative director The Edge Improv

Acting Technique/Scene Study:

  •  4 years Boston University School of Fine Arts  program for non-theater majors and an English major focusing on Shakespearean theater
  •  Over 15 years as a certified teacher of the “Chubbuck Technique” teaching privately and for studios such as    Beverly Long Casting, Los Angeles, Tiffany Talent, Seattle and the Bainbridge Performing Arts Center, Bainbridge Island

Currently as owner and instructor of the Studio, Bainbridge Island

PROFESSIONAL ACTING RESUME

  • A list of my most relevant on-camera work can be found at IMDb, including currently released work, in-production work as well as work from the past 15 years
  • My current work includes regular performances with improv troupe The Edge at The Bainbridge Performing Arts Center (www.theedgeimprov.com) as well as frequent appearances in BPA productions such as True West, 12 Angry Men, and The Tempest to name a few.