"Words are beautiful, but action is supreme."
This is the catalyst for me as a director, an action focused storyteller. I grew up with multiple generations of talented blue collar folks who happened to be storytellers. Although they had no training or formal connections to the theater, they could craft vivid reimagining's from memories and events of yesteryear. They knew how to tell a story without costumes, lights, sound cues, or a set; they were just performers and needed an audience to hear them. That has left a lasting impression on me and now contributes to how I approach my work as a director today. Every decision I make from the plays I choose to produce, to the themes I express all has the focus of storytelling as its forefront.
Now, the best part about watching those storytellers was the reaction from my family. Cousin's laughing & crying. Niece's wanted to know more, while Uncles wanted give their side of the story. It created a conversation amongst everyone.
Most of America would say “Theatre is performed by the rich for the wealthy”. While most artists would say “theatre is here to create change”. I personally feel it’s neither. It is an artform of expression to create a discussion. I believe a play should leave the audience wanting. Wanting more scenes. Wanting to discover side characters' backstories. Wanting to decipher its themes. Wanting to converse. Theatre isn’t here to change anything but to simply create the discussion. Therefore, what we do as a society afterwards is key.
Devin Christor is a director, educator and producer that focuses on enriching the storytelling aspect of stage plays. Since receiving his B.A in Drama from the University of North Texas he has traveled the country working for several professional theaters to observe established directors and study the ecology of regional theater in America. Credits include: 1919 (Steppenwolf), Julius Caesar & God of Carnage (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Into the Side of a Hill (Flint Repertory Theater "New Works Festival"), Freeze Out (Trinity Repertory Company “America Too" Festival), and Oba (Triangle Rainbow Productions "LGBTQ Short Play" Festival), The Gift of the Magi (American Players Theatre), A Raisin in the Sun (Beverly Arts Center)