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The Green Room with Chris Chalk: TV, Film, and Theatre Actor; nominated for Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Sat, October 31st, 2020
3:00 pm
- 5:00 pm

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The Green Room with Chris Chalk: TV, Film, and Theatre Actor; nominated for Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

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Chris Chalk is an American television, film, and theatre actor. Recently, he was seen in the role of Lucius Fox on Fox’s drama series, “Gotham,” which ended its fifth and final season. Last year, he had two projects released on Netflix. These included Ava Duvernay’s limited series, “When They See Us,” which came out in May, as well as Gideon Raff’s, “The Red Sea Diving Resort,” in which he stars opposite Haley Bennett, Chris Evans, and Ben Kingsley. Chris also plays the series regular role of Paul Drake in the upcoming HBO series, “Perry Mason,” which premiered June 21, 2020.

Previously, Chris starred in the memorable role of Officer Frank in Kathryn Bigelow’s, “DETROIT,” and opposite Aaron Paul in Zack Whedon’s independent film, “Come and Find Me.” He also starred opposite Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez in, “Lila and Eve,” which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with rave reviews. Prior to this, Chris co-starred in Steve McQueen’s, “12 Years a Slave,” opposite Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

On TV, Chris played Gary Cooper in Aaron Sorkin’s award winning HBO series, “The Newsroom.” He previously played the role of Tom Walker on Showtime’s Emmy Winning Series, “Homeland,” and recurred on USA Network’s, “Complications,” and WGN’s, “Underground.” He also guest starred in hit series such as in CBS’s, “Unforgettable,” FX’s, “Justified,” “Persons of Interest,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “Rescue Me,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

In 2010, Chris received the Recognition for Outstanding Broadway Debut at the 66th Annual Theatre Awards and was awarded a Drama Desk Awards Best Featured Actor Nomination for his portrayal of Cory in August Wilson’s, “Fences.” Chris starred opposite Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in the Tony Award Winning Broadway show.

Chris’s previous stage work includes Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Ruined,” “Unconditional,” (LAByrinth Theatre Company, The Public Theater) “Defiance,” (Manhattan Theatre Club City Center) “The Overwhelming,”(Roundabout) and most recently played a death-row inmate in Nathan Louis Jackson’s, “When I Come to Die,” (Lincoln Center) directed by Tony Award-nominated Thomas Kail.

Previously, Chris starred in Focus Features’, “Being Flynn,” playing Ivan opposite Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore, and has appeared in a variety of films such as the hit film based on the Broadway musical “Rent,” “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” “The Architect,” and “Then She Found Me.”

The series has been established by Omar Sangare, Chair and Professor of Theatre. This event was made possible, in part, thanks to the Lecture Committee.

“The Green Room: a peaceful space for progressive minds” is as a weekly informal conversation moderated by Williams professors and students, “The Green Room” will offer an opportunity for Williams students and community members to critically engage with the arts industries in which they someday hope to work, and learn from important leaders in those industries. The goal of this program will be to offer advice and mentorship resources to socially-minded, artistically conscious Williams students, but also to serve as a platform through which students can participate in a dialogue with leaders in the arts.

We’re inviting a diverse group of leading performing artists to join us in conversation over the course of the academic year, and we would love for you to be among them. “The Green Room: a peaceful space for progressive minds” will consist of serially-produced one-hour “episodes” in which speakers will be introduced, be given the opportunity to make a statement on your vision and advice, and later have a chance to answer questions from students. These discussions will take place via Zoom (or another interactive platform). All are welcome!

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