Christopher Cartmill

Playwriting, Theater Core Curriculum

Christopher Cartmill is an award-winning playwright, actor, and director. He taught for six years at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. His areas of research are in mid-17th-to-early-19th-century theatrical history, literature, and practice, as well as theatrical aesthetic theory. He is a translator of works by Molière, Voltaire, and George Sand. 

As for his own work, Cartmill was the 2009 Flournoy Playwright at Washington and Lee University--following such honorees as Lucy Thurber, Paula Vogel, and Neil LaBute. In 2006, Cartmill was commissioned by Nebraska’s Lied Center for the Performing Art. The journey in writing the play Home Land became the solo performance The Nebraska Dispatches, published as a memoir by the University of Nebraska Press. He has directed plays, operas, and cabarets in New York (off-Broadway), Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Cartmill is also a working actor, appearing in the 2012 film Lincoln with Daniel Day-Lewis and directed by Steven Spielberg. Cartmill’s own short film, The Ferris Wheel Song (directed by Richard Jack), had its premiere in 2008 at the Coney Island Film Festival. He created a series of integrated-arts programs for the New York City Public Schools, in association with "Learning through an Expanded Arts Program" and has written and performed special programs for the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale Center for British Art. 

Cartmill has facilitated numerous workshops around the country and been awarded multiple writing residencies at the Kimmell Harding Nelson Arts Center in Nebraska and the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annaghmakerigg, Ireland.

Meet Christopher Cartmill.