chris-cole-harris_mrs-claus-1Chris has been seen in numerous feature film, episodic television and theatrical projects in Hollywood, among them N.Y.P.D. Blue, L.A. Law, The Antagonists, Generations, Divorce Court and Boating World. After training at the Neighborhood Playhouse and at Playhouse West, she originated the role of Molly in The Lament Of The Barrel Racer, and was cast as Pat Conlin in the revival of Cry Havoc. She additionally had the starring role in an original play written for her at the Groundlings Theatre in the L.A. premiere of A Night in the Dells: Charlotte and Emily.

Chris has been a drama instructor with Georgia Ensemble Theatre, teaching both Basic and Master classes for adolescents and adults, additionally teaching in their summer drama program and as a Community Outreach Specialist. As an associate with Create (aka Open City Theatre), she served as a drama and arts specialist with Imagine It!, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta and performed in classroom workshops through Young Audiences, also in Atlanta.

She served as Director of Improvisational Street Theatre for Open City Theatre’s production of Nobody Dolls at the Spoletto International Arts Festival in Charleston, SC.

Chris is drama instructor in residence at Pinckneyville Community Center, teaching adult, adolescent and juvenile acting, additionally presenting Spring and Summer Drama and Art Camps at Pinckneyville, George Pierce, and Mountain View Community Centers. She also teaches art classes for young children, and in 1998 she was awarded Teacher of the Year recognition by the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Department.

She has also worked with the City of Decatur Recreation Department leading summer drama camps and special programming, and has taught acting at Creative Studios of Atlanta, Ocee (now Johns Creek) Arts Center in Duluth, Roswell Arts Center, You Gotta Have Art in Alpharetta, The Actor’s Edge in Duluth, and afterschool drama classes with Family Keyboard Inc. in the Atlanta school system, additionally offering private dramatic coaching by appointment.

She combines her love of craft and love of working with children and adults to provide a truly nurturing and inspiring environment for her students. As Chris states, “The true joy of teaching comes when you see in a student’s face those ‘light bulb moments’ when they understand the techniques and the actor becomes the character.”