About Christopher Pelham
To extend is a fundamental aspect of God which He gave to His Son. In the creation, God extended Himself to His creations and imbued them with the same loving Will to create. You have not only been fully created, but have also been created perfect. Because of your likeness to your Creator you are creative. No child of God can lose this ability because it is inherent in what he is.
— A Course in Miracles
Christopher Pelham is Director and co-founder of CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing). His responsibilities include overseeing the front desk staff, a diverse and inspiring roster of teachers and calendar of classes, workshops and arts programs, much of the web and graphic design and marketing, and a fair bit of the accounting and tax preparation. Since he began producing in 1997, he has had the privilege of presenting dozens and dozens of wonderful artists from all over the world.
While his job as Director of CRS keeps him busy with many diverse tasks, a situation to which he is perhaps well-suited being a jack-of-all-trades (and master of none), his ultimate responsibility is to facilitate the steady expansion of the CRS community and the ability of its members to extend their own creative gifts, individually and collectively
When and where opportunity permits, Christopher lends a hand (or more often, simply a voice) to the Drupal open-source content management/publishing platform and to various causes like the fight to keep harmful chemicals and GM plants and organisms off the shelves and out of the environment, empowering people through the dissemination of knowledge, promoting gender and racial equality and self-determination movements, etc., and to activist groups like OWS, Beyond Nuclear, Shut Down Indian Point Now, and many others. He confesses that his desire to see everyone treated with equal love and respect still provokes feelings of anger and sadness in him and he continues to doggedly pursue a spiritual practice in order to transform these ultimately judgmental and divisive thoughts into unconditional love that may inspire healing and unifying action.
From a young age, Christopher immersed himself in the study of various Utopian and Marxist texts and philosophies. While attending Harvard Summer School in 1986, he took a class in "Revolution & Society" and participated in various public participatory art projects in Harvard Square led by artist/writer/computer scientist Richard Gardner, who had lived for a time at the art commune outside Vienna founded by Actionist artist Otto Muehl. These two experiences and his later residency during his undergraduate years at Duke University in Epworth/SHARE (Student Housing for Academic and Residential Experimentation), fostered his commitment to the exploration and development of creative communities.
Christopher studied theatre, 20th century/post-colonial literature and literary theor at Duke University, primarily under professors Frank Lentricchia, Michael Moses, Thomas Ferraro and Jody McAuliffe. After a semester studying American Lit in the graduate English program at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, he returned to the theatre to play the role of the Policeman in Rodrigo Dorfman's production of Fassbinder's Blood on the Cat's Neck. He then appeared for four seasons with the Hip Pocket Theatre in productions at Duke University and at the Hip Pocket's idyllic Oak Acres Amphitheatre in Fort Worth, Texas, appearing in a number of world premieres including Dabloids by Leonid Tishkov and dogman by Lake Simons. His personal career highlight as an actor was creating the role of the Snoid in Robert Crumb's R. Crumb Comix III.
Since 1995 he has lived and worked in NYC where he has studied The Spiritual Psychology of Acting with John Osborne Hughes and improvisation with the late Gloria Maddox, who first introduced Christopher to the idea of undertaking a spiritual path. As a member of MadWomanoftheWoods Productions, he co-produced five Off Off Broadway productions and performed in and helped to create Antigone Through Time and An Absolute Mystery. Antigone Through Time was the first production of the New York International Fringe Festival to be reviewed by the New York Times. The show was created from the poems and stories of the many Greek women who were imprisoned, some for decades, and executed on secret island concentration camps by the Greek fascist government following WWII. MadWoman also presented a staged reading of Christopher's play American Spirits at the Miranda Theatre in 2000. With Lake Simons and Herald Lehmann, Christopher performed in and helped to create The Nose, Two and Two, and Imagining Cain in the American Living Room Series at HERE.
He studied dance for nine years at Dance Space Center with teachers such as Guido Tuveri, Jana Hicks, Rachel Feinerman, Diane McCarthy, Beth Goheen, and Sara Neece, and performed in several dance theatre works by Guido Tuveri, Mark Drahozal, Gitte Bastiansen, and Nana Masuda. He completed an intensive course in video filmmaking at New York Film Academy and worked at times as an event videographer, proofreader, and online producer.