Christian Durso is a Los Angeles native, a playwright, screenwriter, and classically trained actor. His plays have been produced and workshopped at The Roundabout Theatre Company, The Flea Theatre, The Old Globe, The NOLA Project, FaultLine Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Prague Shakespeare Company (Czech Republic) and with the IAMA Theatre Company in both Los Angeles and New York. His play SHINER was named to The Tracking Board's 2012 Young And Hungry List and was named one of the ten best plays in New Orleans in 2014.
With a masters degree in Shakespeare Performance, the bard is a major influence on his writing for both the stage and screen. He adapted the novel Like No Other, a modern adaptation of Romeo And Juliet set in Crown Heights, for Overbrook Entertainment. He is currently the sole writer for the entire first season (8 Episodes) of an Untitled Series for HBO Asia, which is a modern take on King Lear set in Singapore. He has also written the feature adaptation of the YA novel The Last Summer Of The Death Warriors for REEL FX.
Also an actor, Christian haunts the stage more than the screen. He has worked regionally at The Old Globe, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Great Lakes Theater (OH), Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. He was nominated for BroadwayWorld.com's best actor for his role as Romeo in Great Lake Theater's production of Romeo And Juliet. He originated the role of Keshav in the World Premiere of A Nice Indian Boy at East West Players. He also played Justin on ABC's One Life To Live.
Christian was the resident poet at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music Festival where he wrote hundreds of poems for festival goers on a 1936 Remington Manuel Typewriter.
He is a faculty member at East West Players Actor's Conservatory where he teaches Shakespeare Performance.
Christian is the co-Artistic Director of the Los Angeles based IAMA Theatre Company. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of The Arts and the USD/Old Globe MFA Professional Actor Training Program. A proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and the WGA.
Playwright Interview with Adam Szymkowicz.
Broadway World Interview about Romeo And Juliet.
NOLA Times-Picayune Interview about SHINER