Photo by Joel Stigliano
Christopher J. Young was born on July 27th 1984 in Denville, New Jersey. A native east coaster, Chris grew up in small suburban town called Roxbury Township, New Jersey, just 42 miles west of New York City. Chris learned of his passion for acting at a very early age. Inspired by the martial arts films of Bruce Lee, Chris along with younger brother, Jon, began making action themed "home movies". Noticing his growing interest in performing, parents Nola and Tom, brought Chris at the age of 8 on his first official audition for a production of The Wizard of Oz at the Pax Amicus Castle Theatre in Budd Lake, NJ. An audition that was overcome by stage fright. Needless to say, Chris was not cast as Munchkin number 14. Soon after Chris began studying Isshin-ryu Karate and would then go on to study Goju-Ryu Karate, as well as, Kickboxing resulting in 10 years of martial arts study. Years had gone by after his first failed audition and at the age of 12 Chris was convinced by a friend to audition for a production of Oliver! at the Dover Little Theater, Dover NJ. To his surprise, he was cast as Charlie Bates and had two lines, which he still remembers to this day "Nose rags" and "Yellow and green". From that moment on he was hooked and worked in the community theater circuit, performing in over 100 community productions, as well as, numerous children's theater productions with The Vagabond Players. After graduating high school in 2002 Chris attended the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ to further his acting education. He earned an A.F.A. in Drama from CCM and transferred to Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ where he earned his B.A. in Theater with a Concentration in Acting. Chris also made his professional debut at Centenary in the Centenary Stage Company's 2007 production of "Quartermaine's Terms". After completing his undergraduate career Chris spent two years in the professional world before attending Graduate School at Ohio University in the Professional Actor Training Program. At Ohio University he was seen on stage in many main stage and studio productions, particularly the world premiere of Vampire Cowboys "War is F**king Awesome" written by OU Alum Qui Nguyen and directed by OU Alum Robert Ross Parker. At OU Chris earned his SAFD certification in unarmed combat and single sword combining two of his great passions. In addition to his work at OU Chris spent two summer seasons (2010 and 2012) at the Monomoy Theatre in Cape Cod, MA where he was seen in such productions as "The Lion in Winter", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Three Men on a Horse", "The Crucible", "Henry IV Part I & II" and "George Washington Slept Here". After receiving his M.F.A. from Ohio University Chris has found himself back in the tri-state area where he is eager to continue to collaborate with other like minded artists.