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Christy Arington

Christy Arington

Christy Arington has been an actor, director and teaching artist for over 25 years. A founding member and current Artistic Director of Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre, she was the education director for 13 years, building a vibrant and continually growing educational program. Christy is the current Artistic Director for LST. Having taught high school and college theatre courses for over 10 years, she brings a bevy of experience and passion to her teaching. As an actor, Christy has worked with many Chicago area Storefront Theatres including Strawdog, Irish Theatre of Chicago, Wildclaw Theatre, The Mammals, The Factory and many others. Her experience with classical texts both as an actor and director is extensive. She was last seen as Volumnia in Coriolanus while simultaneously directing The Merchant of Venice for LST. Christy received her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from the University of Georgia and in 2001 was awarded The Mark Twain Comedic Acting award at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.



1 week summer program for teen actors who want to experience training in a professional environment. Students will tackle scene work, on-camera, stage combat, improv & more. July 13-17

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Continue your training with a deeper exploration of scene work.

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Dive into the world of the play!

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The environment in Christy Arington's (Level 2) class is such a supportive environment to be in. It was a space to be vulnerable and take risks. I always felt incredibly supported and challenged.

— Oana Ionut

Christy Arington (Level 2) helped me to go deeper as an actor. She always brought about ideas I hadn't thought about. Christy helped all of us to see that details are important when making acting choices. I feel like a better performer after this class.

— Anthony Bradley

Christy Arington (Level 2) was very honest with and observant of each student. She was always engaged and gave great feedback! A total pro who made class exciting and fun.

— Christopher W. Paschal

Christy's passion and skill really show in her teaching. I'm so glad I took this class.

— Jordan Campo

This class exceeded my expectations! I felt safe and encouraged to take acting risks. Christy (Arington - Level 2) gave great direction which enabled each of us in the class to grow as actors.

— Andrea Conway-Diaz

"Christy (Arington, Instructor - Level 2) made me feel very comfortable in the classroom. She's definitely made me not afraid of scene work; I couldn't wait to come to class to participate."

— Angie Perez


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ASC alum Isaly Viana recently performed with Urban Theatre Co., just booked a commercial and was cast in An Xmas Cuento Remix at 16th Street Theater, performing through Dec. 2019. Go Isaly!