Christian Isely is a Chicago native and a former Sgt. in the United States Infantry. A decorated Iraq veteran Sgt. Isely played a vital role in over 300 combat missions in Al Anbar province and worked diligently alongside Iraqi Forces in clearing, securing, and searching the cities of Hit, Kubaysah, and Ar-Rutbah for high value individuals, weapons, and improvised explosive device making material.
Upon leaving the Army and coming home to Chicago, Christian began the challenging first steps of returning to civilian life by enrolling in Harold Washington College. It was there that he found himself on-stage for the first time in his life in The Loop Players production of Bus Stop. Enjoying the experience so much, Christian decided to transfer to Columbia College Chicago and study acting. Christian credits Theatre for giving him a drive, purpose, and a sense of community and shared effort while building a new life in his home city.
Since graduating in 2013 with Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Christian has performed in the Midwest Premieres of Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian and the Jeff Nominated production of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem with Profiles Theatre, the World Premier of Confederates in the Attic with City Lit, and A Christmas Carol, Abridged with Dream Theatre. Most recently Christian understudied for Steep Theatre’s Jeff Nominated U.S. Premier of Simon Stephens’s Wastwater directed by Robin Witt and Sideshow Theatre’s Jeff Nominated U.S. premiere of Debbie Tucker Green's truth and reconciliation directed by Jonathan L. Green at Victory Gardens. As a proud ensemble member of Otherworld Theatre, Christian has appeared in their productions of Gone Dark, The Aurora Project and an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451.
Film and Television credits include: NBC’s Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, and the upcoming Amblin Partners/Participant Media film Captive State starring Vera Farmiga and John Goodman.