Berklee Student

Christian James Potterton

Berklee Student
Actor / Singer / Musician / Dancer / Educator 
Boston, MA
Member since 2012
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CHRISTIAN JAMES POTTERTON – The arts are in Christian’s blood. Several of his siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles have studied and have careers in painting, music, cinema, and the like. He was bound to follow suit. The visual arts interested Christian from an early age, and still do, but he didn’t explore the performing arts until age 10 in his hometown of Marlboro, New Jersey. He chose to study the Flute, joining his elementary school band and enrolling in private lessons. He developed an immediate passion for the instrument and for classical music. Shortly after, he was accepted into the New Jersey Youth Symphony in New Providence, NJ, where he participated in Flute Choir, Flute Forum, Philharmonia, and Youth Orchestra during the school year, and Orchestra, Flute Choir, and Chorus during the summer. The New Jersey Youth Symphony gave Christian the privilege of working with masterful conductors, including Diana Charos-Reilly, Barbara Barstow, David Commanday, Simon Lipskar, Mark Gunderman, and many others. Having an opportunity to play in an orchestra from such an early age was an incredible experience for him, developing him as a disciplined, young professional from a young age. He continued to pursue these opportunities by participating in competitive ensembles such as Region II Intermediate Orchestra (for Flute and Piccolo), All-Shore Intermediate Band (for Flute and Piccolo), and others.

In high school, Christian continued his classical studies at the New Jersey Youth Symphony and studied privately with conductor Diana Charos-Reilly. Reilly expanded Christian’s repertoire, focused his technique, taught him theory, and even hired him to work at the same summer programs he had previously attended. At the same time, he began exploring theater – another art form he fell in love with. He played leading or supporting roles in every drama, comedy, and musical at his high school’s company, Lancer Productions, under direction of mentor Rachel Scalzo-Ryan. He explored acting and singing further with the Christian Family Theater Company Lighthouse Productions, immersing himself further into the craft by performing in original musicals. At Lighthouse Productions, he worked closely with director/musician/producer Russ Scalzo, from whom Christian learned indispensable vocal technique and recording skills. With a growing interest in other aspects of theater, at 17 Christian picked up clarinet and saxophone in order to double in the pit. He also taught himself piano in order to music direct shows, and subsequently went on to music direct four shows with Lancer Productions – one of which earned him a nomination at the 2011 Count Basie Awards at Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ. Christian also tried his hand at film acting, landing leading roles in two student films – one romantic comedy and one movie-musical.

It was no question that Christian would continue to study music and theater in college. Auditioning on Flute, he was accepted into Berklee College Of Music in Boston, MA for the fall of 2011. He spent his first year at Berklee studying classical flute with Professor Wendy Rolfe. Rolfe opened him to new repertoire, including orchestral audition repertoire and more solo and flute choir repertoire. Additionally, he played in chamber ensembles under Professor Barbara LaFitte and in Berklee’s Contemporary Symphony Orchestra under conductor and Berklee Professor Francisco Noya. Determined on developing his pit doubling skills, Christian studied clarinet, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon with Professor Dr. Peter Cokkinias. Cokkinias later accepted Christian on flute/piccolo/clarinet into his pit orchestra for two of Berklee’s musical productions. Eager to keep up his singing, he joined Berklee’s Video Game Music Choir and Crepusculum Chamber Choir- two a capella ensembles that increased his sight-singing and classical technique. These experiences broadened his musicality and professionalism, and even landed him countless recording session gigs in Berklee’s Film Scoring Department. In his second and third years at Berklee, Christian returned to his love of acting, playing leading, supporting, and ensemble roles in six Berklee musical productions. In addition to his private flute instruction with Rolfe, he began studying voice and acting with Professors Rene Pfister, Sharon Brown, Rebecca Perricone, and Eric Stern. He even expanded his studies beyond Berklee, dancing regularly at Jeannette Neill Dance Studio in Boston, MA. Back in New Jersey, he continued acting with Lighthouse Productions, joined the Charles Seller Foundation’s Talent Time Players in Bloomfield, NJ, continued working at the New Jersey Youth Symphony, was hired at The Vianney Institute Of Learning’s Glee! Camp in Holmdel, NJ as the director/music director/choreographer, opened up his own Private Studio in voice, flute, clarinet, and saxophone, and most recently made his Count Basie Theatre debut as Doody/Teen Angel in “Grease.”

Outside of performing, Christian currently holds or has held several leadership and organizational positions at Berklee, including Senior Peer Advisor of Berklee’s Counseling and Advising Center, Musical Theater Assistant and Office Assistant of Berklee’s Voice Department, Secretary, Social Media Coordinator, and now President of Berklee’s Musical Theater Club, Associate Member of Berklee’s Scoring Sessions Program, Assistant Director of Crepusculum Chamber Choir, and many others. He believes that these responsibilities and positions have contributed to the professional artist he is today.

Experience & Education

Current

  • Actor for Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club
    September 2014 to Present (over 5 years)
  • President for Berklee Musical Theater Club
    May 2014 to Present (over 5 years)
  • Senior Peer Advisor for Berklee College Of Music
    January 2014 to Present (over 5 years)
  • Office Assistant for Berklee Voice Department
    September 2013 to Present (over 6 years)

Past

  • Urban Recreation Leader for Monmouth County Park System
    May 2014 to August 2014 (3 months)
  • Actor for Phoenix Productions
    May 2014 to July 2014 (2 months)
  • Social Media Coordinator for Berklee Musical Theater Club
    January 2014 to April 2014 (3 months)
  • Secretary for Berklee Musical Theater Club
    May 2013 to December 2013 (7 months)
  • Peer Advisor for Berklee College Of Music
    May 2012 to December 2013 (about a year and a half)
  • Actor for Charles Sellar Foundation's Talent Time Players
    May 2013 to August 2013 (3 months)
  • Actor for Lighthouse Productions
    October 2009 to June 2013 (over 3 years)
  • Music Theater Assistant for Berklee Voice Department
    January 2013 to May 2013 (4 months)
  • Assistant Director/Tenor for Crepusculum
    January 2012 to May 2013 (about a year and a half)
  • Associate Member for Berklee Scoring Sessions Program (SSP)
    September 2012 to December 2012 (3 months)
  • Flute/Piccolo/Clarinet/Alto Sax for Berklee Musical Theater Orchestra
    September 2011 to December 2012 (about a year)
  • Tenor for Video Game Music Choir
    September 2011 to September 2012 (about a year)
  • Music Director for Lancer Productions
    June 2010 to August 2012 (over 2 years)
  • Staff for New Jersey Youth Symphony
    June 2009 to July 2012 (over 3 years)
  • Flute for Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra
    January 2012 to May 2012 (4 months)
  • Flute/Piccolo for Berklee Symphonic Winds
    September 2011 to May 2012 (8 months)
  • Actor for Lancer Productions
    September 2007 to April 2011 (over 3 years)

Education

  • BM in Professional Music (Concentration in Musical Theater) at Berklee College of Music
    2011 to 2015 (4 years)