Christopher Shorr

Composer Lyricist Playwright

Through all of his work, Christopher Shorr strives to prevent audiences, collaborators, and himself from succumbing to complacency. He is particularly interested in the creation of new theatre pieces and in the aggressive re-working of classic texts.  He writes plays on his own, and also collaboratively, often with long-time creative partner James Jordan. He has written several adaptations, with a special focus on the Greeks.  Since 2016, he has only only taken on projects related to political resistance. Current passion project: DICTATORS 4 DUMMIES www.dictators4dummies.com

Shorr is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he directs the Theatre Program and serves as Artistic Director of the Moravian College Theatre Company, and is a member of the Touchstone Theatre company.  He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Drew University, and an MFA in Stage Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Highlights

"Dictators 4 Dummies"  a satirical musical (April 2018 Touchstone Theatre;  August 2018 Teatr Brama “Bramat” festival in Goleniow, Poland; Bethlehem Press ABE Award “Best Original Musical of 2018; New York Musical Festival Finalist 2020)

“Bhudoo” an interactive musical fable co-written with Jp Jordan (Touchstone Theatre, with tour to  Teatro Potlach, Italy,  and Maladype Theatre, Hungary; Bethlehem Press ABE Award “Best Original Musical of 2016")

“Everyman on Trial" an adaptation of the classic morality play (Moravian College, 2016)

“Journey from the East”co-written with William George (Touchstone Theatre; Bethlehem Press ABE Award “Best Original Play of 2015")

“Ulysses Dreams,”a musical adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey co-written with Jp Jordan (Touchstone Theatre; Bethlehem Press ABE Award “Best Original Musical of 2013)

“Faust in France,” an adaptation of Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus" (Moravian College, 2012, workshopped in residence at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre on Cape Cod)

“The Pan Show: In Pan We Trust” co-written with Jp Jordan (Touchstone Theatre; Bethlehem Press ABE Award “Best Original Play of 2012)

“The Pan Show: A Cautionary Tale” co-written with Jp Jordan (Touchstone Theatre; Bethlehem Press ABE Award “Best Original Musical of 2010)

“Tribute: September 11” (commissioned by the AmeriCulture Arts Festival in Fitchburg, MA to mark the first anniversary of 9/11,  revived for the tenth anniversary and performed at Moravian College and at the University of Baltimore)

“Clytemnestra’s Daughters” (workshopped at the Southampton Writers Conference; reading at Touchstone Theatre)