The Claus Family Christmas Show

Mere Festive Mortals

If Santa's spirit touches yours, you stay connected for life. For Chris, this has proved especially true. For twenty-four years, he's playfully portrayed Santa. With his wife, Suzanne, as Mrs. Claus and his children as the Elves, his family has kept the holiday spirit year-round. For him, it's part of life's privilege and pleasure.

As a young college student (in his early 20's) wanting to earn some extra spending money over Christmas break in 1983, Chris played his first professional job at the Richland Mall in Mansfield, Ohio. What started as a "scary experience" with demanding kids and their parents eventually grew into a playful, improvisational and increasingly meaningful visit with each child. As the years passed, his comfort and delight with "becoming Claus" took hold. Getting his entire family into the act across America and abroad, he's become that "Mr. Soul from the North Pole" ever since.

Beginning his entertainment career as a child actor from central Ohio, Chris formally trained and graduated from The Ohio State University with a BFA acting degree. Upon graduation, he literally "ran away to the circus" and trained in Paris at the celebrated L'Ecole Internationale Du Cirque (The International Circus School) and then later with the world famous theater teacher, Jacques Le Coq at L'Cole Jacques Le Coq Theatre Institute. Pursuing an opportunity to work with Mainland Chinese theaters, Chris left France for central China, living in Wuhan (Hubei Province) for nearly two years. This training proved invaluable in his preparation of playing the legendary Santa Claus to span his lifetime.

Upon leaving China, Chris moved to Honolulu and began post-graduate studies in Asian Theater at the University of Hawaii (Manoa). While in Hawaii, Chris and Suzanne married and later teamed up in 1990 to co-found Acts of Creation, their entertainment company. The company produced its first international project with the State of Hawaii (Dept. of Business and Economic Development) to showcase 44 Hawaiian performers at the 1992 Universal Exposition, Seville, Spain.

In 1993, Chris moved to Los Angeles and settled the company (now a division of Roads End Entertainment, LLC) in Burbank, California. Since then, he has led the company into live show, television and film production and distribution. The company also develops theme park/leisure projects, children's books in addition to creating original intellectual property and toy products - the type of work Santa approves of!

That same year, Chris co-founded and continues to Executive Direct the International Family Film Festival (IFFF), a non-profit organization now in its 12th year. The IFFF is the first and foremost film festival specifically targeting the family film market that continues to garner national attention for its excellence and leadership in the genre of family entertainment.

Since 2004, Chris has served (along with Suzanne) as the Entertainment Editor and syndicated columnist for the Family Magazine Group (Los Angeles, South Bay, Ventura, Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley, San Gabriel Valley and Las Vegas Family Magazines) in Los Angeles reaching 1.5 million readers. Their column, Her Family/His covers entertainment, leisure and travel experiences throughout the U.S. and the world.

Chris has a genuine passion and deep respect for playing Santa Claus. No notion of retiring exists. In the near future, he sincerely hopes your paths will meet (guaranteed if you've been good) to share some special holiday cheer!

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Last Updated: October 6, 2009
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