Christian Isely is a Chicago native and a former Sgt. in the United States Infantry where he served as a Rifleman, M203 Grenadier, Bradley Fighting Vehicle Gunner, and Team Leader. 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 Recommended production of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem with Profiles Theatre, the World Premier of Confederates in the Attic with City Lit, A Christmas Carol, Abridged with Dream Theatre and understudied Peter Moore in Steep Theatre’s U.S. Premier of Simon Stephens’s Wastwater. 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.