To extend is a fundamental aspect of God which He gave to His Son. In the creation, God extended Himself to His creations and imbued them with the same loving Will to create. You have not only been fully created, but have also been created perfect. Because of your likeness to your Creator you are creative. No child of God can lose this ability because it is inherent in what he is.
— A Course in Miracles
Christopher Pelham is Director and co-founder of CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing). He assists his fellow CRS co-founder Yasuko Kasaki in teaching A Course in Miracles on Monday nights. He also regularly leads Inner Vision Workouts. He studied 20th century and post-colonial literature & theatre in college and is an avid amateur activist (women’s empowerment, environmentalism, human/animal rights, economic justice) & artist (variously actor, writer, director, graphic designer and filmmaker). Since 1995 he has lived and worked in NYC where he has studied The Spiritual Psychology of Acting with John Osborne Hughes and improvisation with the late Gloria Maddox, who first introduced Christopher to the idea of undertaking a spiritual path.
His responsibilities at CRS include oversight of the front desk staff, classes and special events, and much of the web and graphic design, marketing, and accounting. Since he began producing live performance events in 1997, he has had the privilege of presenting dozens and dozens of wonderful artists from all over the world, including luminaries such as Alexandra Beller, Big Apple Playback Theatre, Lake Simons, and Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks, among many others.
From a young age, Christopher immersed himself in the study of various Utopian and Marxist texts and philosophies. While attending Harvard Summer School in 1986, he took a class in “Revolution & Society” and participated in various public participatory art projects in Harvard Square led by artist/writer/computer scientist Richard Gardner, who had lived for a time at the FH art commune outside Vienna founded by Actionist artist Otto Muehl. These two experiences and his later residency during his undergraduate years at Duke University in Epworth/SHARE (Student Housing for Academic and Residential Experimentation), fostered his commitment to the exploration and development of creative communities.
Christopher studied theatre, 20th century/post-colonial literature and literary theory at Duke University, most notably with Frank Lentricchia, Michael Moses, Thomas Ferraro, Jody McAuliffe and Doris Duke Impact Award Winner Johnny Simons. After a semester studying American Lit in the graduate English program at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, he returned to the theatre to play the role of the Policeman in Rodrigo Dorfman‘s production of Fassbinder’s Blood on the Cat’s Neck. He then appeared for four seasons with Johnny Simons’ Hip Pocket Theatre in productions at Duke University and at the Hip Pocket’s idyllic Oak Acres Amphitheatre in Fort Worth, Texas, appearing in a number of world premieres including Dabloids by Leonid Tishkov and dogman by Lake Simons. His personal career highlight as an actor was creating the role of the Snoid in Robert Crumb’s R. Crumb Comix III.
As a member of MadWomanoftheWoods Productions, he co-produced five Off Off Broadway productions and performed in and helped to create Antigone Through Time and An Absolute Mystery. Antigone Through Timewas the first production of the New York International Fringe Festival to be reviewed by the New York Times. The show was created from the poems and stories of the many Greek women who were imprisoned, some for decades, and executed on secret island concentration camps by the Greek fascist government following WWII. MadWoman also presented a staged reading of Christopher’s play American Spirits at the Miranda Theatre in 2000. With Lake Simons and Herald Lehmann, Christopher performed in and helped to create The Nose, Two and Two, and Imagining Cain in the American Living Room Series at HERE.
He studied dance for nine years at Dance Space Center with teachers such as Guido Tuveri, Jana Hicks, Diane McCarthy, Beth Goheen, and Sara Neece, and performed in several dance theatre works by Guido Tuveri, Mark Drahozal, and others. He completed an intensive course in video filmmaking at New York Film Academy and worked at times as an event videographer, proofreader, and online producer.