Chris Edmund

Chris Edmund is a director, teacher, writer, and painter. He was Head of the Acting Department at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), where he had a significant role in developing the world-renowned acting and directing training over the last 25 years.

Writing and directing showreel:

Actors trained under his guidance include Hugh Jackman, Frances O'Connor, and Jai Courtney. He is a published playwright with his work receiving high critical acclaim and as a painter he has had several exhibitions, most recently at the Brunswick Street Gallery Melbourne. His work Dirty Laundry which he wrote and directed was performed at the Smock Alley Theatre Dublin in July 2014.

In 2015 he was honoured in New York by Hugh Jackman and Master Card with a scholarship in his name, The Chris Edmund Performing Arts Scholarship. The event can be viewed on the following link: He presented the scholarship in October 2015 in a ceremony at WAAPA.

In 2015 he visited Mumbai to teach a series of workshops for Indian actors and was the Pronouncer on the highly successful Channel Ten reality show The Great Australian Spelling Bee.

His new work Bacon and Eggs was performed at the Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney in October 2015 receiving superb reviews. The Sydney Arts Guide commented: "I see up to six shows a week and while it's rare to find a dud on the Sydney theatre scene, it's just as rare to have an experience that is so odd and wonderful that I almost don't want to share. Bacon and Eggs, the late show at the Old Fitz Theatre, is this moment for me." Bacon and Eggs is available for performance at

In 2016 he recorded the new series of The Great Australian Spelling Bee.

"There is not one job that I do when I'm not using one of the pearls of wisdom that Chris gave us. He was a very influential director, teacher and writer."--Hugh Jackman

"A stunning achievement – a triumph."--Oz Arts Review of Before I Get Old.

"...Taut, witty, intelligent, and emotionally compelling with complex and fascinating characters." --Hugh Jackman, commenting on Paradise.

Plays by Chris Edmund