Christian Rÿser

Christian Rÿser
  • Core Staff - Coordinator, Cultural Forum
Affiliation:Taidnapum CowlitzRegion:North America
Country:United States
Biographical Information:Mr. Rÿser has worked as a director, actor, playwright, and producer in theater, film, and television in Seattle, throughout the United States, and abroad. MIXED First Person - Sit'kum Si'wak is CULTURE FORUM's most recent performance project, and is written, directed, and performed by Mr. Rÿser. The 42 minute mixed-media stage play is based on traditional Cowlitz native myth and story while integrating translations from multiple native tongues and contrasting perspectives. The project was developed in cooperation with Evergreen State College and ART'S on Beacon Hill, and presents a unique perspective on the nature and process of identity construction while contrasting cultural viewpoints . His other recent work includes collaborative efforts with WAX Factory of New York; including performances as Molliere's Monster in New York City, The Island Project - a joint effort Cultural Exchange and Performance project with the Communidad Indigena de Chacala in Jalisico MX, and the Wax Factory Slovenian production of Delirium 27. Other select CULTURE FORUM projects include: Protecting Sacred Knowledge Symposium - Olympia WA, Kowitchk Illahee project - tribal and community awareness, First People's Transformation - Indigenous Mask curation, When Nations Make Treaties - film/video, Cowlitz Country - film/video. In the recent CULTURE FORUM collaboration with ART's on Beacon Hill, he worked with members of the Russian trained NOVI theater company while directing a company workshop and production of Anton Chekhov's Along the Highway. Christian has also worked with many Seattle based theater companies over the years including: New City Theater, Annex Theater, the Broken Theater, Intiman Theater, Foundry Theater, and was a founding member of Seattle's Speakeasy Cafe and Theater. Christian W.C. Rÿser is a native of Seattle and mixed blood member of the Tiadnapum band of the Cowlitz tribe. More information about Christian's work can be found at