Featured Artist: Christopher Diercksen

This is a series of posts featuring our artists who are making things happen in and around our great borough of Queens.  Please check back weekly for new posts.

Christopher Diercksen
Christopher Diercksen

Title\Occupation
New Play Director, Dramaturg, Development Producer\Baby Toy Salesman

Where were you born?
Glenn Ridge, NJ though I grew up in West Caldwell.

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Astoria, 2.5 years

How did you get involved in theater?
Through music, originally. Sang in church choir from the time I was 3. Every summer the little kids would put on a musical and the high school kids would tour a musical over winter break. It was the cool thing to do actually, a massive operation. I got to travel to London, Vancouver, Seattle, New Orleans, all over Texas, and Southern California with really good shows. My first real part came in 3rd grade when a 5th grader got the chicken pox leading up to the christmas pageant and they picked me to fill the void.  Matthew The Lowly Shepherd Boy. I can still remember the song.

What do you love most about Queens?
This is a hard question but i think a good answer is the wider sidewalks and shorter buildings. It means more visible sky and less crowding. Also the N train follows the perfect route through manhattan. Plus the population is so diverse.

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
So my Egyptian owned laundromat is run by mostly Spanish speaking ladies who all love to chit chat and watch telenovelas. One day I walked in on a jovial conversation between one of my favorites of the women and a man with a heavy Greek accent being translated by a Brazilian; Spanish to Portuguese accented English to Greek accented English to Portuguese accented Spanish. There was so much laughter. I really liked that.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
The Thirsty Koala; SevaAntika; and Butcher Bar for food. William Hallett; Astoria Bier and Cheese; Sparrow; Bohemian Hall; Dutch Kills for drinks. Shannon Pot; The Irish Rover for sports and drinks. Also I love the museum of the moving image and PS1. Also the secret theatre for plays.

Current/Upcoming projects?
Directing The Unlikely Ascent Of Sybil Stevens by Kari Bentley Quinn at the Secret Theatre, February 6 – 23! Here’s a link: http://www.secrettheatre.com/SybilStevens_info.html

After that, I have a couple of pots on the stove but the lids stay on for the moment. 😉

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