Facilitators

noun. One who facilitates leadership experiences for Ariel. synonyms; thought leader, guide, guru.

Christopher Hirsh

Christopher Hirsh

Summary

Christopher (he/they) is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator, facilitator, justice activist, consultant, and coach who brings a wide range of presence-based skills to their facilitation and coaching at Ariel. They have spent the last decade studying and connecting meditation and mindfulness, the breath, movement practices, and nervous system regulation techniques with an intention to resource the human body, mind, and spirit, and deepen our capacity for leadership, and skillfulness during moments of individual and social change.

Training Experience

Christopher has been working as a voice, breath, and acting coach for 20+ years. For the last 5 years, he has facilitated DE&I liberation work, supporting both consciousness-raising and concrete implementable strategies for promoting race and gender equity, and inclusion, with individual leaders and organizations, as well as public and private workshops.

Select clients include:

  • Providence Health and Services
  • Living Yoga
  • Cambia Health Solutions
  • Red Door Project
  • Teach for America
  • Inspiring Educators

Business Experience

Christopher co-founded two theatre companies and produced multiple projects during their tenure as an actor, director, and producer based in NYC before changing careers in 2018. Since then, Christopher has served as a DEI facilitator, consultant, coach, and coordinator for Living Yoga, and the Center for Equity and Inclusion in Portland, Or. Clients served through these organizations include: Providence Health and Services, Cambia Health Solutions, Multnomah County Health Services, Coffee Creek and Columbia River Correctional Facilities, and  Teach for America.Theater experience

Christopher has been in and around the theatre for their entire life, having been raised by a stage director and actor, they participated in school and community theatre from a very young age until working professionally as a performer, director, and producer for 20+ years in US-based theatre and film.

Select credits include:

  • Co-starring role in God of Love, the Oscar-winning short, in 2011
  • Lead roles and movement directing for ASTORIA: Part 1 and 2 at Portland Center Stage (2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons)
  • Director of an immersive, location-based production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (2015)
  • Portraying Officer Medford in Red Door Project’s revolutionary theatre & workshop offering that brings needed conversations to law enforcement industries in the US; The Evolve Experience (2019-ongoing)
  • Co-founded MIRROR/FIRE Productions
  • Co-founded Masterfool

Education and Credentials

Christopher has been in and around the theatre for their entire life, having been raised by a stage director and actor, they participated in school and community theatre from a very young age until working professionally as a performer, director, and producer for 20+ years in US-based theatre and film.