Chris has worked extensively as a choreographer and movement director of theatre and musical theatre.  His work is dynamic, highly stylised and incredibly detailed.  Being a musical person and a Grade 6 Pianist, Chris can read music and choreograph to fit specifically to what is written on the score.  He particularly excels at working with actors who have varying degrees of dance experience and although his work is challenging, it does not often require a high level of technique.  He likes to find other creative ways to create choreography that doesn't necessarily involve triple pirouettes and high kicks and the product is therefore very unique - examples of this have included a finger tap dance routine, skipping rope contortion and vogueing flight attendants to name but a few.   As one director once said, "Chris has the ability to make silk purses out of sow's ears".

Chris understands that the dance element of a rehearsal process can by intimidating to some individuals and therefore always approaches his work with patience and encouragement.  He likes to take an 'organic' approach to his work by quickly assessing the ability of the room and trying things out until the right combination fits whatever the rehearsal time constraints.  What he believes in most is that regardless of dance ability, choreography shouldn't just be about pretty patterns and impeccable timing, it also has to be character led and should facilitate the continuation of the narrative. 

Below are some photos, an up-to-date CV and some press reviews of his work.

For choreography, Chris is represented by Richard Ireson of the Narrow Road Agency, London and all contact details can be found in the 'contact' section of this site.

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CV
  1. CAROUSEL
    Dir. John Durnin
    Pitlochry Festival Theatre
  2. WHITE CHRISTMAS (2012 and 2015)
    Dir. John Durnin
    Pitlochry Festival Theatre
  3. HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
    Dir. Susie Dumbreck
    City of London Festival and Royal Academy of Music
  4. A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
    Dir. John Durnin
    Pitlochry Festival Theatre
  5. IMPROBABLE FICTION
    Dir. Clare Prenton
    Pitlochry Festival Theatre
  6. A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (workshop)
    Dir. Dominic Hill
    Citizens Theatre
  7. PRIVATES ON PARADE
    Dir. Richard Baron
    Pitlochry Festival Theatre
  8. OUR HOUSE
    Dir. Joe Douglas
    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  9. ADDAMS FAMILY
    Dir. Ken Alexander
    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  10. LEGALLY BLONDE
    Dir. Andrew Panton
    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  11. THE STEAMIE
    Dir. Ken Alexander
    Pitlochry Festival Theatre
  12. WHISKY KISSES
    Dir. John Durnin
    Pitlochry Festival Theatre
  13. HEDZ Season 2
    Dir. Dominic Macdonald
    BBC
  14. OUR HOUSE (Royal Variety Performance)
    Dir. Elaine Kidd
    Scottish Opera and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  15. CINDERELLA
    Dir. Julie Ellen
    Beacon Arts Centre
  16. HELLO DOLLY
    Dir. John Durnin
    Pitlochry Festival Theatre
  17. A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL
    Dir. Richard Baron
    Pitlochry Festival Theatre
  18. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
    Dir. John Durnin
    Pitlochry Festival Theatre
  19. ALADDIN
    Dir. Alasdair Hawthorn
    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  20. MY FAIR LADY
    Dir. John Durnin
    Pitlochry Festival Theatre
  21. MOTHER GOOSE
    Dir. Lawrie Macnicol
    Byre Theatre
  22. SLEEPING BEAUTY
    Dir. Lawrie Macnicol
    Byre Theatre
  23. KISS ME KATE
    Dir. John Durnin
    Pitlochry Festival Theatre
  24. OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR
    Dir. Bruce Strachan
    Queen Margaret University
  25. THE WINTER'S TALE
    Dir. Bruce Strachan
    Queen Margaret University
  26. INTERMISSION
    Dir. Johnny McKnight and Julie Brown
    Random Accomplice
  27. A MISDUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (2003/2004)
    Dir. Gordon Barr
    Glasgow Repertory Company
  28. SHARK IN THE PARK
    Dir. Julie Ellen and Bruce Strachan
    Nonsenseroom Productions
  29. RBS ADVERT
    Mallinson Television Production
  30. SCROOGE
    Dir. Richard Baron
    Pitlochry Festival Theatre
  31. GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE
    Dir. Joe Douglas
    Dundee Repertory
  32. HIGH SOCIETY
    Dir. John Durnin
    Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Reviews

​"Chris Stuart-Wilson’s choreography is grand, delivering some fine moments the whole cast can share" THE SCOTSMAN (Carousel)

it's Chris Stuart-Wilson's choreography, Hilary Brooks's musical arrangements and Adrian Rees's perfectly colour-ordinated set and costumes that give the production its oomph.” THE HERALD (White Christmas)

“Choreography by Chris Stuart-Wilson is outstanding (particularly enjoyed the finger tap dance).” THE STAGE (White Christmas) 

“What gives Durnin’s production its real wow-factor, though, is the quality of the dancing and design; in the I Love A Piano tap-dance sequence, Adrian Rees’s black-and-white set and costumes combine with Chris Stuart-Wilson’s choreography to dazzling effect.” THE SCOTSMAN (White Christmas) 



“Chris Stuart-Wilson’s sharp and witty choreography also plays a crucial role throughout.” THE TIMES (Kiss Me Kate)

“The Ensemble sing and dance with vivacious energy (“Too Darn Hot” is a magical show stopper), and choreographic style (“Brush up your Shakespeare”)” EDINBURGH GUIDE (Kiss Me Kate)

"innovative choreography from Chris Stuart-Wilso)”  THE STAGE (A Chorus Of Disapproval)

“excellent choreography by Chris Stuart-Wilson” THE SCOTSMAN (Hello, Dolly)

“slick and witty dance numbers, choreographed by Chris Stuart-Wilson.”….) THE SCOTSMAN (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)