Who is Christopher Rivas?
Christopher Rivas is an American actor, playwright, and storyteller. He is best known for his play The Real James Bond… Was Dominican! and his role in Call Me Kat.
New York, United States
Rivas attended the California Institute of the Arts with an acting major in 2011. The actor became first known as a storyteller and, as such, developed storytelling workshops for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, LAMP on Skid Row, The Museum of Broken Relationships, UCLA, and CalArts. In 2018, Rivas joined the faculty of the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship.
The actor debuted in film in 2009 with the short If Not Now When. In 2012, he appeared in the short film Public Law. In 2014, he had his first television role on Shameless, playing Eduardo. The same year he appeared in For Rent and Cry Wolf.
In 2015, he played Lamar St. John on Rizzoli & Isles and also Mookie in 2 Broke Girls. The same year, he was Ramone Cervantes for three episodes of Mi Casa Mi Casa.
In 2016, he was Manny in Rosewood. He was also cast as Sebastian Cruz in Couch Potato Chronicles and would appear in 7 episodes between this year and 2018.
In 2017, he was in Hollywood Girl: The Peg Entwistle Story and also appeared in episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Two Sentence Horror Stories, Seal Team, and Life After First Failure.
In 2018, he was in NCIS: Los Angeles, For the People, GLOW, and 9-1-1.
In 2019, Rivas appeared in Adam Ruins Everything and New Amsterdam. In 2020, he appeared on the podcast A Moment of Your Time as himself.
Starting in 2021, Rivas was cast as Oscar in Call Me Kat. He held this recurring role for season 1 and was later upgraded to a main role for season 2. In 2021, he also did work for Call of Duty: Vanguard.
As a storyteller, Rivas creates and facilitates workshops working with marginalized and vulnerable groups, such as refugees, children born with HIV, homeless youth, victims of abuse, and many more, creating safe spaces for these people to share their stories and hear them as well. His storytelling work is meant to advance humanity and create conversations that are respectful and meaningful.
He is known for his solo and collaborative work that has made him a highly respected storyteller working across communities.
One of the main works he has created is the solo play The Real James Bond… Was Dominican! It is the story of a James Bond-obsessed Dominican boy living in Queens who one day discovers that Bond was based on a real-life person who is Dominican.
Rivas has worked as an actor and as a storyteller, becoming recognized for his ability as a speaker, especially for his skill to create meaningful experiences through words and his voice, and his expression.
Rivas based his most famous solo play The Real James Bond… Was Dominican! on his personal experience.
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