UCF School of Performing Arts Fall 2020 FAQ

College of Arts and Humanities
Christopher Niess

Christopher Niess, M.F.A.

Christopher Niess joined the UCF Faculty in 2001. Following is a listing of his responsibilities and participation in the School of Performing Arts:

ACADEMIC

Instruction: MFA Movement Studio (I – IV), BFA Movement for the Actor (I & II), Introduction to Stage Combat, Circus Arts, Period Movement Styles, Health & Wellness for the Performing Artist.

Has taught as well (at UCF): Auditions, Intro to Acting, Voice I, Acting for the Non-Major, Theatre Survey

Workshops: Mr. Niess is Director of Musical Theatre and on the summer faculty for the International Performing Arts Institute, a three-week summer intensive program in Germany and Austria providing extensive individual instruction to Musical Theatre and Opera students. IPAI also operates programs in Thailand and New York.

Mr. Niess has mentored graduate students as they assisted in the Health and Wellness for the Performing Artist classes, and as they presented workshops as part of the Atlantic Center for the Arts 'Creative Caregiving' program for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.

Niess has also worked with Nemours Childrens Hospital in their "Grand Rounds" program giving a presentation on breath and tension release exercises as a gateway to relaxation and clear communication.

He has also worked with Michael Aldarondo-Jeffries, Director of Academic Advancement Programs (AAP), Mr. Niess instructed “THEATRE for SCIENCE” – a workshop series using improvisational theatre exercises to develop presentation and work skills for the sciences and business.

Advising: BA Theatre transfers (advises cohort groups on a rotational schedule with other faculty)

RESEARCH and CREATIVE ACTIVITY

Mr. Niess is a stage movement specialist for the department, and participates as a coach and choreographer in a variety of productions, as well as participating in the directing rotation. To View Mr. Niess’ outside professional and educational work, visit his website at: http://christopherniess.wix.com/niess

SERVICE/PROJECTS

Committees/Task Forces (Current): UCF Undergraduate Research Council, URC Awards Committee, School of Performing Arts (SPA) Graduate Committee, SPA - Public Relations COmmittee, SPA – Scholarship and Awards Committee, Task Force - BFA Curriculum, SPA – Promotion and Tenure Committee (required).

Past: Theatre Department Chair/Artistic Director – 2009 – 2014 (1 term), Acting Artistic Director – Summer 2016, UCF Faculty Senate – Theatre Representative, Faculty Senate Graduate Appeals Committee, CAH Research Incentive Awards Committee (chair), CAH Teachers Incentive Program Awards Selection Committee, Teachers Incentive Program Awards Criteria Committee, Task Force - Internship, Theatre – School of Performing Arts Planning Committee, Theatre Dance Minor Development Committee, Theatre Peer Review Committee (chair), Theatre Search Committees.

Mr. Niess has chaired 18 MFA Theses Committees, and served on 37 others, as well as chairing the first H.I.M. Thesis Committee in the performing arts (Rebecca Lane).

To schedule an appointment with Mr. Niess, please visit his Doodle.com site to choose a date and time: https://doodle.com/poll/pzum3maes52irp6u

Education

  • M.F.A. in Acting from Kent State University (2000)
  • Certificate in Acting (post-graduate) from Royal National Theatre Studio - London (2000)
  • B.A. in Theatre from Kent State University (1990)
  • A.A. in Theatre (A.A. equivalent) - 4 years of study from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1982)

Awards

KENNEDY CENTER - AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL, MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Director for Street of Crocodiles 2019 

KENNEDY CENTER - AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL, MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Director for Pentecost 2018 

KENNEDY CENTER - AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL, MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Director for The New Mel Brooks Musical - Young Frankenstein! 2017 

BROADWAY WORLD REGIONAL AWARDS - Best Direction of a Professional Play -- The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby - co-directed with Orlando Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director Jim Helsinger 2015

KENNEDY CENTER - AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL, MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Director for Trevor 2014

KENNEDY CENTER - AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL, MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Movement Choreographer for Marisol 2008

KENNEDY CENTER - AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL, MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Director for Lend Me a Tenor 2007

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA - TEACHER INCENTIVE AWARD 2006

KENNEDY CENTER - AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL, MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Director for Scapin! 2005

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA - IN-HOUSE RESEARCH GRANT - Hyper Movement Exploration as Instructional Tool 2002

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY - G. HARRY WRIGHT THEATRE SERVICE AWARD

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY - COLLEGE OF FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS -- CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Activities

http://christopherniess.wix.com/niess

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11058 MUS4674 Health & Well Perform Artist Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Not Online
No Description Available
16876 MUS5677 Health & Well Perform Artist Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Not Online
No Description Available
11308 THE4085 Health & Well Perform Artist Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Not Online
No Description Available
16909 THE5677 Health & Well Perform Artist Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Not Online
No Description Available
10535 TPP3513C Movement for the Actor Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,F 02:30 PM - 04:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
19536 TPP5516C Movement Studio Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 11:30 AM - 01:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80755 TPP3510C Movement for the Actor Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 03:30 PM - 05:20 PM Available
No Description Available
91954 TPP5515 Movement Studio Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,Tu,W,Th,F 01:30 PM - 02:20 PM Available
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2020.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
18135 MUS4674 Health & Well Perform Artist Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Not Online
No Description Available
18136 MUS5677 Health & Well Perform Artist Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Not Online
No Description Available
18615 THE4085 Health & Well Perform Artist Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Not Online
No Description Available
18616 THE5677 Health & Well Perform Artist Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Not Online
No Description Available
17338 TPP3513C Movement for the Actor Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,F 02:30 PM - 04:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
19648 TPP6518C Movement Studio Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,Tu,W,Th,F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
89552 TPP3510C Movement for the Actor Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 03:30 PM - 05:20 PM Available
No Description Available
90368 TPP4531C Period Movement Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM Available
No Description Available
92019 TPP6517 Movement Studio Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,Tu,W,Th,F 01:30 PM - 02:20 PM Available
No Description Available

Updated: Aug 20, 2020

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