Student Spotlight: Christopher Kriz

Student Spotlight: Christopher Kriz

Christopher Kriz
Major: Music/Theater

Christopher Kriz attributes the successful combination of his musical and theatrical interests to his experiences as a student at College of DuPage.

“When I enrolled at College of DuPage, my interests were divided between music and theater. Eventually, those interests collided,” he said.

While studying music theory and composition at College of DuPage with music professor Lee Kesselman, Kriz also worked under the guidance of Richard Holgate as a theater technician for the McAninch Arts Center. In addition, he had the opportunity to mix sound for world-class touring artists as well as resident groups such as the College of DuPage Jazz Ensemble, directed by music professor Tom Tallman.

“This exposure to so many musical and theatrical experiences was an education that simply could not be found elsewhere,” he said.

After being asked by Theatre Director Connie Canaday Howard to compose original music for a student production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” something clicked.

“While still a student, I began designing sound and composing music for Buffalo Theatre Ensemble productions. Being able to work so closely with a professional theater company was the best education I could have received,” he said. 

Today, Kriz is an award-winning composer and theatrical sound designer based in Chicago. Winner of three Joseph Jefferson Awards with a total of 14 nominations, Kriz has been designing professionally for more than 25 years for dozens of companies, including Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, First Folio Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre and Timeline Theatre. 

In addition to his many projects, Kriz has just become a company member of Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, the company he began his career with 25 years ago. Kriz also continues to return to COD and design the College Theatre production of “A Christmas Carol,” a duty he started as a student and has continued ever since.

In 2017, he was named one of the College’s Distinguished Alumni. 

“Without the broad range of artistic experiences and opportunities I gained at College of DuPage, I wouldn’t be the artist I am today,” he said.

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