James Krag (Actor)

Jim is a veteran of Broadway, film and television, and has been researching and performing ACCORDING TO MARK for over 20 years. A native of Chicago, Jim trained at The Goodman School Of Drama at DePaul University and most recently appeared in Othello at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier, and as Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol at Drury Lane Theatre. New York credits include the original Broadway production of Burn ThisMill Fire at the Women’s Project, and Phedre at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Film and TV credits include While You Were Sleeping, Mercury RisingMollyChicago PD, Prison BreakEarly EditionEREllenDharma & Greg and a recurring role on Missing Persons. His favorite roles include appearing as Elyot in Private Lives at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, EKO in the world premiere of the Pulitzer Prize nominated play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Victory Gardens Theatre, and Sandy in the world premiere of Duck Hunter Shoots Angel by “Tuesdays with Morrie” author Mitch Albom at the Purple Rose Theatre.  Jim has acted extensively with The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, and has designed and taught numerous Shakespeare and stage combat workshops for middle schools and high schools throughout Chicagoland. His adaption of Macbeth for middle schools was published by LMS Innovations in 2013.  Jim is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.


Jeff Christian (Director)

Jeff is honored to have helped develop ACCORDING TO MARK with his friend and frequent collaborator of nearly 25 years, Jim Krag.  Jeff writes and directs live action and animated sequences for production houses, including over 50 projects with the Emmy Award winning Digital Kitchen, and teaches advanced cinema directing at Columbia College — where he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award. Other stage directing credits include Shining City, Mojo Mickybo, A Whistle in the Dark and Our Father (Irish Theatre of Chicago), Romeo & Juliet, The RivalsAs You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Love’s Labours Lost (Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre), The Plough and the Stars (Roosevelt University), The Skin of Our Teeth (The Artistic Home), Proof and Driving Miss Daisy (New American Theater), Kill Me (WildClaw), the short film Still Live, and both parts of Angels in America (The Journeymen; co-director and actor, sharing in three Jeff Awards and an After Dark Award).  The Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Project of Chicago for eight seasons, he has adapted and directed over 20 plays and more than doubled audiences during his tenure with the Equity company.  Jeff has also acted for 12 seasons with Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre and with many theaters in Chicago and across the country, and is proud to have shared scenes on screen with actors including William H. Macy, Jennifer Lawrence and Dennis Quaid.