Chris Yarnell

Chris Yarnell

Director / Theatre maker

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Expert
  • Freelancer: Available

Chris Yarnell is a 25 year old Director and Theatre maker specialising in physical and visually driven work. He graduated from East 15's BA physical theatre course in 2014 with a 1st class honours degree, and has worked with arts organisations such as Gecko, Theatre Temoin, The Lowry, The New Wolsey Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Pub Corner Poets. 

More recently Chris has directed the Arts Council funded show ’12 Million Volts’ for award winning theatre company The Outbound Project in addition to directing the Arts Council funded show ‘Moonshines Entirely Necessary Adventure’ for interdisciplinary theatre company Magic Maverick.

As an artist, he am especially interested in finding emotional abstractions within storytelling in the pursuit of fully exploring the ineffable moments of the human condition in a way which gutturally resonates with an audience. His work to date always has an inherent physical and visual starting point.

Chris has also worked as an illusions consultant, most recently the National Theatre, Omnibus, Edible Cinema co production with Kings College ‘Hangman Revisited’. Having worked professionally as a magician for a number of years much of my work is informed by the detail taken in understanding the manipulation and guiding of an audiences 

Chris also works for the New Wolsey Theatre's creative learning department as a freelance facilitator. Through the New Wolsey, Chris was asked to establish the People You May Know theatre company, designed to create opportinites for 18+ theatre makers who are actively pursing a career in the arts. Chris devised 'Party Piece' for the 2011 Pulse Festival which has since been taken to the Edinburgh Fringe and nominated for a Fringe First award and The Stage award for best ensemble. 

Chris is also a proud member of the Young Vic's Genesis directing programme.


Physical Theatre - BA - East 15

Oct 2011 - Jun 2014


  • Acting
  • Facilitation
  • Scriptwriting
  • Adaptation
  • aerial
  • Arts Fundraising
  • Assistant Directing
  • Choreography
  • circus
  • Contemporary Dance
  • devising
  • Directing
  • dramatergy
  • Facilitation
  • Magician
  • mask
  • mime
  • Movement
  • Music
  • Physical Theatre
  • Puppetry
  • Songwriting and Arranging
  • workshops
  • yoga