Chris DuVal is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair at the University of Utah, a regional theatre actor, director, and fight director.
He has been a guest artist / instructor at such universities as North Carolina School of the Arts, Stanford University, San Jose State University, Southern Utah University, Southern Oregon University, California Institute of Technology, Chapman University, Pomona College, California State University Fresno, California State University Fullerton, among others.
As both an AEA actor, guest teacher, and fight director, Chris has been a company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 18 years - acting, teaching and fight directing for such productions as Great Expectations, River Bride, The Heart of Robin Hood, Troilus and Cressida, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, The Trip to Bountiful, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Henry V, Love’s Labor’s Lost, The Tempest, Othello, Henry VI Parts I, II, and III. He has also acted, directed or fight directed at such theatres as the Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Theatre Center, Sacramento Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, Shakespeare Orange County, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Utah Opera, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage, Idaho Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, and at Pioneer Theatre Company where he serves as Resident Fight Director.
Chris is a Certified Teacher / Fight Director / Theatrical Firearms Instructor with the Society of American Fight Directors, a Master Teacher of Theatrical Combat with Dueling Arts International, an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Aikido. He is the author of Stage Combat Arts: An Integrated Approach to Acting, Voice, and Text Work” published by Bloomsbury Methuen.
He received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from California State University, Fullerton and an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of California, Irvine.