Sandy Hook, CT
At Nashville Ballet since 2003
Christopher Stuart, originally from Sandy Hook, Conn., began his formal training with Steve Sirico, Angela D'valda Sirico, Franco Devita and Charles Kelley. He graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts in 2002 under the direction of Melissa Hayden, Warren Conover and Duncan Noble, then joined NB2 in 2002.
Since joining the company in 2003, Christopher has been featured in several pieces by renowned choreographers such as Paul Vasterling, Brian Enos, Peter Quanz, Gina Patterson, Sarah Slipper, Thaddeus Davis, James Canfield and numerous others.
Christopher has performed as Renfield in Dracula, the Nutcracker Prince and Sugar Plum Cavalier in Nashville’s Nutcracker, Pas de Trios in Swan Lake, the Young Warrior in Salvatore Aiello's Rite of Spring, Melancholyin Four Temperaments, Mac in Lew Christensen’s Filling Station, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo in Paul Vasterling’s Romeo & Juliet, and Macbeth in Vasterling’s Macbeth. He has also performed as a guest artist with Quixotic Fusion, Missouri Ballet Theatre and National Choreographic Initiative.
His talents as a choreographer have led him to create pieces for NB2, Nashville Ballet, Quixotic and Ballet Arkansas. For Nashville Ballet’s Emergence in 2012, Christopher collaborated with ALIAS Chamber Ensemble and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film to create American Dreams, a choreographed work exploring the idea of breaking free from boxes and perceived limitations in our lives. In 2013, he choreographed a piece to country music singer Holly Williams’ song “Without You” at Nashville Ballet’s Ballet Ball. Mr. Stuart has also choreographed music videos for Thom Donovan's “Shipwreck” and Justin Nault’s “Puppet.” In Nashville Ballet's 2014 Attitude series, he choreographed "Under the Lights" to the music of Johnny Cash, performed by Sugar & the Hi-Lows. For Nashville Ballet's 2014 Ballet Ball, he choreographed a piece for country super star Kellie Pickler. Chris also was a finalist in Ballet Arkansas' 2014 Visions Choreographic Competition and a finalist in the 17th annual Choreography Festival held at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA
His artistic achievements won him the 2010 Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, one of the highest honors that a Tennessee artist can receive.
Outside of the studio and theater, Christopher can be found at LP Field or Bridgestone Arena cheering on his favorite Nashville sports teams. He also is an avid golfer.