Chris Wink

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Chris Wink
Born1961 (age 56–57)
New York City, New York, United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationPerformance artist, theatre director
Known forBlue Man Group
Notable workThe Blue Man Group, The Complex(album), Audio(album), How to Be Megastar Live!

Chris Wink (born 1961 in New York City, New York) is an American theater performer and director. He is one of the founding members of the Blue Man Group, as well as co-founder of Blue School. He has won numerous awards as a writer and performer, including a Grammy nomination, and is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of creativity.

Early life[edit]

Wink was influenced early in his education when he attended an experimental elementary school located in the Teachers College at Columbia University. The school focused on creative writing and scientific exploration, rather than a rigid adherence to a standard curriculum. This helped shape what would become Wink's lifelong commitment to creativity, following his passion for artistic exploration. After attending high school at the Fieldston School, Wink majored in American Studies at Wesleyan University with a concentration in art history and pop culture. It was at Wesleyan that Wink started drumming. After graduation, Wink played drums by night with post-punk bands. A full-time job as a cater-waiter at Glorious Foods followed, where he worked with longtime friend Phil Stanton.

Funeral for the eighties[edit]

Together with Wink's childhood friend Matt Goldman, Stanton and Wink began performing as Blue Men in small downtown venues such as LaMaMa E.T.C. and P.S. 122.[1][2] In 1988, Wink and his friends planned the very first Blue Man Group event, "Funeral for the 80’s," a procession through Central Park. There they set fire to what they considered the worst aspects of the decade, including a Rambo doll and a piece of the Berlin Wall.[3] The event captured the interest of MTV, thrusting the character into the public consciousness.

Blue Man Group[edit]

In 1991, Wink, Stanton, and Goldman opened "Blue Man Group: Tubes" at the Astor Place Theater.[4] They expected the early shows would appeal only to the downtown scene, but soon they were adding performances and playing to sold-out crowds. Wink performed in over 1,200 shows without an understudy before they started to expand, training other performers in the qualities, humanity, and talents of the blue man. It was at this point that Wink and his co-founders started to consider other venues for their character.[citation needed]

The company's careful expansion, starting in 1995 in Boston at the Charles Playhouse and 1997 in Chicago's Briar Street Theatre, now extends internationally, with additional productions in Las Vegas, Orlando, and Berlin, as well as National and International Tours.[citation needed]

Blue Man Group has been featured on television programs such as Arrested Development, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, The Simpsons, I Can Do That, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, Family Guy, America's Got Talent, Ellen, and a record nineteen appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[citation needed]

The Blue School[edit]

In 2009, Wink, Stanton, and Goldman along with their wives Jen Wink Hays, Jennifer Stanton, and Renee Rolleri founded the Blue School. The Blue School is a progressive independent school in New York City's South Street Seaport. The school began as an informal playgroup and has since expanded to the eighth-grade.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clayton, Peter (23 November 2008). "Podcast w Chris Wink". Total Picture Radio. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  2. ^ Zinoman, Jason (28 July 2005). "Music and Marshmallows, in Sync". New York Times. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  3. ^ Walker, Rob (1 March 2003). "Brand Blue". CNN - Money. Fortune. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  4. ^ Welch, Liz (1 August 2008). "How We Did It: The Blue Man Group". Inc. Retrieved 20 September 2016.