Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Chryssie grew up dancing with the Columbia City Ballet and Southern Strutt dance studio competing nationally. Her training would continue in the summers' in Los Angeles and in New York at the Edge dance studio and Broadway Dance Center. During adolescence she also performed in community theatre, with her high school drama program at Richland Northeast and modeled at Millie Lewis Modeling & Talent agency. Her career of 18 years started as a Rockette then on to schooling in New York at AMDA where she majored in musical theatre. After school, Chryssie went on to work in theatre, television, film and on Broadway as an actress, dancer and singer working with stars such as Neal Patrick Harris, Patti Lupone and Stephen Colbert. Chryssie can be seen in the hit documentary, Every Little Step, where she was featured landing her Broadway Debut in the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line as Kristine, heard also on the cast album in "Sing" with Tony nominated, Tony Yazbeck (On the Town). Her last role on Broadway was Kitty in CHICAGO where she went on to perform Velma as an understudy.
Other stage roles include: Bombalurina in CATS, Lola in Damn Yankees, Liane in Gigi and the role of Kathy in Company opposite Neal Patrick Harris, as Bobby, at Lincoln Center with the NY Philharmonic Orchestra (Now on DVD in PBS's Great Performances).
She is a proud faculty member and alumna at AMDA College and Conservatory for the Performing Arts in where where she has crossed over divisions teaching in musical theatre performance, acting on camera, audition technique and all styles of dance, including being a choreographer for showcases and dance workshops. She is a former adjunct lecturer at UCLA teaching theatre dance, jazz and Fosse for two years and faculty member at the California Dance Institute and National Dance Institute teaching in public elementary schools. Chryssie also taught a movement for actor and musical theatre dance class at the acclaimed Edge Dance Studios in Los Angeles for many years. Chryssie also continues working in her true passion building the performing arts program at Cherokee Middle and High School in North Carolina as a full time teacher in the arts. She has recently become a manager to some of her students as they are now auditionng for roles looking to be cast as Native American. She is co-founder of Broadway Arts Camp with long time friend, Alexis Carra and teaches under her own "Dance Act Sing" Intensives (DASI) at www.DASIntensive.com.
2015 - 2017 Work...
Biola University (CA)
"Jacques is Alive and Well and Living in Paris"
Associate Director/ Associate Choreographer
ACT Theatre (Seattle)
"Sweet Smell of Success"
American Cancer Performer
Foundation Benefit (NYC)
APRIL - JUNE
Master classes across the USA
5th Avenue Theatre (Seattle)
Master Classes Overseas
OCTOBER - DECEMBER
Co-Director/Choreographer with Keith Andrews
"AMDA Graduating Showcase"
Faculty member: (NYC)
*American Musical Dramatic Academy (Musical Theatre acting and Audition Technique and Industry)
*National Dance Institute
(2nd -5th graders in public school system)
2016 - January - March
"How to Succeed in Business without really trying"
Associate Choreographer to Bob Richard
Director of Rising Star Project's 5th production with High school students
April 2016 - April 2017
CHICAGO on Broadway
as "Go to Hell" Kitty and Velma US (performed)
Z's Favorite in The Will Rogers Follies at Pioneer Theatre Company.