Want to know the power of a personal story? Need some inspiration, entertainment, motivation, truth? Bring me into your office, group setting, retreat, conference and I will show you the power and importance of story.
My name is Christopher Rivas, I've swallowed glass, been left behind, and lived to tell about it. I'm an award-winning storyteller, passionate artivist, published writer, film/television (Greys Anatomy, Shameless, Rizzoli & Isles, 2 Broke Girls, Rosewood, much more) and theatre actor. My artistic mission is to create and share stories that propel society forward and move humanity beyond where we thought we could be moved; by challenging assumptions, asking questions, sparking dialogue, and demanding conversation. Stories that say, "we are not just another cog in the wheel," stories built on honesty and depth.
As a storyteller, I've developed and facilitated storytelling workshops for The UNHCR, Hollywood Heart Foundation, LAUSD, LAMP on Skid Row, Safe Place For Youth, The Museum Of Broken Relationships, The Skirball Cultural Center, Unplug Meditation Studio, Soul Hum, UCLA, CalArts, and Agape International Spiritual Center. I've transformed anxiety into excitement for hundreds of people with my performance and public-speaking coaching. I'm also the proud founder of Lifestyledezine, a community dedicated to exploring and realizing the power of compassionate storytelling.
Speaking engagements include: guest lecturer at NYU, UCLA and CalArts, Entrepreneurs Organization, Peace and Love Film Festival (Örebro, Sweden), DAH Teatro (Serbia, Belgrade), Unplug Meditation Studio, Soul Hum, Los Angeles GreenFest.
I received my BFA from CalArts and I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Expressive Arts for Global Health & Conflict Transformation from The European Graduate School.