Kris Joseph

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Kris Joseph (born May 15, 1975) is a Canadian actor and producer whose career has encompassed time in Ottawa and Edmonton.


Kris was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan and spent his early years in numerous locales in Saskatchewan and Alberta. After finishing high school in Regina, Kris relocated to Kingston, Ontario, where he completed an engineering degree at Queen's University. His first professional theatre work was in 2003, when he produced and acted in an Ottawa production of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. The run of that production was cut short due to the Northeast Blackout (but was successfully remounted one year later).

From 2004 through 2012, Kris performed in more than thirty productions, including multiple outings with the St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival and the National Arts Centre. He served as a core member of Ottawa's Gruppo Rubato, with whom he completed two national Fringe tours (2004 and 2007). In the fall of 2006 he was part of a group of Ottawa artists who founded the Prix Rideau Awards[1] - Ottawa's peer-juried professional theatre awards program.

In 2009 he became part of the newly-recreated English Theatre Acting Company at the National Arts Centre.[2] In that year, he was also elected as Canadian Actors' Equity Association's Regional Councillor for Eastern Ontario and the Ouatouais. He served on Equity Council for three years, where he also chaired the national Independent Theatre Review Committee. The outcome of that committee's work led to the creation of revised Artists' Collective and Indie Theatre policies.[3]

While participating in the 2011 Citadel/Banff Professional Theatre Program, he met the man whom he would marry in 2014. In the spring of 2012, Kris relocated to the city of Edmonton, where he continues to perform professionally.

Performance Work

  • Vigilante - Catalyst Theatre
  • Much Ado About Nothing - Thou Art Here Theatre
  • Equivocation - Persephone Theatre
  • Bat Boy! The Musical - Black Sheep Theatre
  • Creation - National Arts Centre
  • Oliver - National Arts Centre
  • The Three Musketeers - Citadel Theatre
  • Little Women - Citadel Theatre
  • Turn of the Screw - Screwdriver Collective
  • Macbeth - St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
  • Facts - Great Canadian Theatre Company
  • Mother Courage - National Arts Centre
  • A Christmas Carol - National Arts Centre
  • The Pillowman - Vision Theatre
  • Measure for Measure - St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
  • The Changeling - National Arts Centre
  • Doubt - Gladstone Productions
  • A Midwinter’s Dream Tale - A Company of Fools
  • The Ark 2008 (Brecht) - National Arts Centre
  • Zadie’s Shoes - Great Canadian Theatre Company
  • How the Other Half Loves - Gladstone Productions
  • As You Like It - St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
  • Merchant of Venice - St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
  • Tartuffe - Third Wall Theatre
  • A Seaway Story - Upper Canada Playhouse
  • Macbeth - National Arts Centre
  • The Good Father - SevenThirty Productions
  • The Churchill Protocol - Gruppo Rubato
  • The Domino Heart - New Theatre of Ottawa
  • Les Contes d'Hoffman - Opera Lyra Ottawa
  • The Real Inspector Hound - Third Wall Theatre
  • I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change - Third Wall Theatre
  • The Zoo Story - New World Theatre Project


  • The Churchill Protocol (2007) (with Patrick Gauthier)
  • The Guideline (2012)


  • Regional Councillor for Canadian Actors' Equity Association, Eastern Ontario and the Ouatouais Region, 2009-2012
  • Artistic Director, Zucchini Grotto Theatre, 2003-2010
  • Co-founder and board chair, Prix Rideau Awards (Ottawa), 2007-2009



  • The Churchill Protocol - 2007 Rideau Award for Best New Creation[4]


  • The Good Father - 2007 Rideau Nomination for Best Male Performance[4]
  • Doubt - 2009 Rideau Nomination for Outstanding Performance - Male[5]
  • Macbeth - 2010 Rideau Nomination for Outstanding Performance - Male[6]
  • Turn of the Screw - 2010 Rideau Nomination for Outstanding Performance - Male[6]


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