Christopher Morriss, a Denison University graduate from Allendale, New Jersey, has been awarded The David Rounds Theatre Prize for the “most promising graduating student in the theatre department.” Morriss was selected for the honor by the theatre faculty and staff and the graduating theatre majors.
Morriss graduated with a double major in Theatre and Political Science.
He appeared in the last season as the Mechanic in “Middletown.” In previous years, he played Stanley Kowolsky in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Aldolpho in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and the title role in “The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus.”
With the Denison Independent Theatre Association, he appeared in “Blood Wedding” and “Decent Exposure” as well as serving as actor, writer, and director for several DITA One-Act Play Festivals.
He performed with the Singer’s Theatre Workshop in several productions including “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “Iolanthe,” and as the Pirate King in “The Pirates of Penzance.”
This spring, he played Henry in “Next to Normal” with the SRO Theatre Company in Columbus. Earlier, he interned with Weathervane Playhouse in Newark, Ohio, appearing in three musicals.
He studied for one semester with the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Connecticut. He also attended the Spring Comprehensive at the Atlantic Acting School in New York City.
Morriss is a member of Theta Alpha Phi, the national honorary fraternity of the theatre arts. The Theatre faculty awarded him the Leroy “Ace” Morgan Scholarship, given for outstanding work in theatre.
David Rounds was a professional actor and member of the Denison class of 1952. Shortly before his death of cancer in 1983, he endowed The David Rounds Theatre Prize. He made his Broadway debut in “Foxy” and had extensive film and TV credits, including ten years in soap operas. He appeared in many Broadway productions including “Cabaret” and “Chicago.” Rounds received both the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Supporting Actor of 1980 for his performance in “Morning’s At Seven.”