Associate Professor of Theatre
Associate Professor Christian Brandjes is the Artistic Director of the Buffalo Soundpainting Ensemble, a collaborative ensemble that conducts performance experiments with non-linear narrative, ensemble scripting and its relationship to improvisation. He has been a member of Actor's Equity Association since 1993, and has performed extensively in the regional theater as well as in several professional ensembles. He was a company member at StageWest, a LORT C regional theater in Springfield, Massachusetts for three years, where he was company instructor in the Suzuki Method of Actor Training. He left StageWest to become a founding member of the Blue Hill Performance Ensemble in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, with Eric Hill, the Artistic Director of StageWest.
He has taught the Suzuki Method of Actor Training at U. Mass Amherst, Hampshire College and Brandeis University, and Improvisation at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Daemen College and the New York City public schools.
He has been Soundpainting with Walter Thompson since 1998, when he was introduced to the language through his work with the Irondale Ensemble Project, an off-Broadway, Equity ensemble that focuses on improvisation and political theater. He continues to perform and record with the WTO.
Professor Brandjes and the Buffalo Soundpainting Ensemble are currently engaged in a telematic project through "Beyond/ In Western New York". Their project was accepted after a rigorous selection process for this event, and will be performed at the Burchfield-Penney Gallery in January of 2011. The project will be a live telematic collaboration with American and European ensembles and will involve a collision of the following texts:WIELAND, by Charles Brockden Brown, THE HUMAN DRIFT by King Camp Gillette, DESERTS by Edgard Varese and THERE IS NO MORE FIRMAMENT by Antonin Artaud.
Brandjes has performed extensively since relocating to Buffalo from Brooklyn, New York, performing in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Good, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Hedda Gabler, Observe the Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Blithe Spirit at the Irish Classical Theater Company, Twelve Angry Men at the Kavinoky Theater, The Seafarer and Freud and the Sandman at the New Phoenix, with Daemen College Assistant Professor Dr. Robert Waterhouse, and most recently in My Fair Lady at MusicalFare Theater on Daemen College campus.