A member of EST since 1981, Chris Ceraso is a writer, actor and teacher.

Chris has plays produced and commissioned Off-Broadway and regionally (E.S.T., The Chester Theatre, New York Theater Workshop/New Directors Festival, Hartford Stage, Capitol Rep, Lincoln Center Institute, etc.).    He co-wrote the feature film, The Turning (with Tess Harper and Karen Allen) based on his original play, Home Fires Burning.  His award-winning documentary, Passing Over (co-producer/writer/narrator) has been seen on many PBS stations.  He was also a staff writer for NBC’s Another World.   His play Heaven Knows, was recently seen in an EST Roughcut Production, directed by member Jamie Richards. 

As an actor at E.S.T., Chris has premiered work by fellow EST writers Garrett M. Brown, Amy Fox, Arthur Giron (Richard Feynman in Moving Bodies), John Guare, Romulus Linney (Klonsky in Klonsky and Schwartz), Dan Isaac, David Mamet, Joyce Carol Oates, Ben Rosenthal, Stuart Spencer, and Mac Wellman.  With the Resonance Ensemble, he has acted in classics by Shaw (Caesar in Caesar and Cleopatra), Ibsen (“Solness” in The Master Bulder), Chekov (“Gaev” in The Cherry Orchard),  Capek’s R.U.R (adapted by Lee Eric Shackleford), and in new plays by Steven Fechter (Shakespeare’s Slave) and Arthur Giron (The Coffee Trees, based on Chekov).   He premiered the Lanford Wilson translation of Chekov’s Three Sisters (“Baron Tuzenbach”) at Hartford Stage.  Other regional work from Williams to Wouk.  TV: frequent appearances on the Law and Order set, Deadline, City Kids; indy films:  Coach of the Year, Mary and Louise, Magnetism.  As a voice performer, he has worked for Great Projects Film Company, Bantam Books and other commercial and independent projects.

Chris is on the permanent Theatre Arts faculty at Drew University, and has taught acting and writing for many years in New York, at E.S.T and elsewhere.


Playwright Chris Ceraso gives an inside look at HEAVEN KNOWS.