Christopher Cartmill received a B.A. in Chinese and East Asian Studies at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Virginia. He also did graduate work in Chinese at Fu Ren University in Taipei, R.O.C., and was accepted to the Royal Scottish Academy for Dramatic Arts in Glasgow. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actor's Guild, and AFTRA. Mr. Cartmill spent time writing at the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland and the Kimmell Harding Nelson Arts Center in Nebraska.
His plays include: Incorruptible: The Life, Death, And Dreams Of Maximilien De Robespierre. Incorruptible premiered at the Bailiwick Repertory in Chicago and received a Joseph Jefferson Citation for Outstanding New Work. Light In Love, which premiered in Chicago, received the Society of Midland Authors Award for Drama and the Joseph Jefferson Citation for Outstanding New Work. Light In The Heart Of The Dragon received a Jeff nomination and was awarded the John W. Schimd prize for Best New Play. His play La Chasse had a successful run in Los Angeles garnering a Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding New Play. The play has continued in New York readings and workshops with David Strathairn. In 1999, Romeo's Dream was given the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays. Benjamin Constant was presented in a reading by the Blue Light Theatre company with Joanne Woodward.
Mr. Cartmill is part of a small writer's collective called Groop with Barbara Hammond, Adam Langer and Jane Gennaro. He has been working with the One Arm Red Theater company and Artistic Director Adam Adams, creating new work and performing existing material. This has included the production of Light On The Golden Slipper in the Berkshires. With the Gad's Hill Theater Company, he created and directed a new version of Moliere's Tartuffe which premiered at New York City's ArcLight Theatre. Christopher's adaptations of Tennyson's Idylls Of The King and Lancelot And Elaine continue to air on New York's WNYC. He has participated in an ongoing guest artist program at Lincoln Southeast High School in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Currently, Mr. Cartmill is an adjunct professor at the Gallatin School of New York University, teaching theater courses (Romantics and Revolutionaries: Theatricality in the Age of Revolution, Asian Theater: Ritual and Performance) He has also created a series of integrated-arts programs for the New York Public Schools, in association with "Learning through an Expanded Arts Program" and continues to write and perform special programs for the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale Center for British Art.