Chris Yerlig is thrilled to be invited to work with Peter, the NEYT staff, and young actors on the wonderful Jungle Book. In 1985 Chris left his studies in language in his native England to travel, and shortly thereafter became a street mime in Europe. Since 1987 he has been based in the US and has performed and taught mime around the world.
With two arts organizations, Magicians Without Borders and Project Troubador, he has traveled many places in Asia, Africa and Central America in the last 20 years. He will have just returned from an 8 weeks tour of India which included a visit to the streets of Calcutta and a tiger-inhabited jungle(just in time for NEYT's production).
In Japan performed at the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park, and China, for the Kimtom International Clown Festival of Shanghai. In Curaçao his show carried a non-violence theme to schoolchildren on behalf of Mundo di Mucha who are developing a children's museum there. With AT&T's Circo Mundial in Puerto Rico he performed in the ring as well as directed their Clown Doctor Program, which visited hospitals and disabled centers.
Closer to home he has worked with Stephen and Peter on several youth pieces and with Holyoke's Enchanted Circle Theater he taught theater and toured international folk tale shows to schools and libraries. He performs regularly at Providence Children's Museum, the International Children's Festival of Hampton Virginia and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
Chris's travels have sparked involvement in development work too: he has led a campaign to build a school for the deaf in the Dominican Republic, and is currently a board member of Haiti Orphanage Sponsorship Trust, a Brattleboro non-profit that supports, and visits an orphanage in Haiti.