Chase Byrd has always been a showman. As a child, his parents would parade him in front of friends and family to recite movie lines, perform song and dance routines, or just be goofy and entertaining. Much to their chagrin, and perhaps a little delight, this behavior stuck and became his passion and purpose. Growing up in several small southern towns, he sought out every opportunity to engage in the arts.
Chase began violin lessons at the age of 7, which launched a lifelong love of music. An accomplished band geek and choir nerd, Chase came into his own in high school, teaching himself saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano, and voice. He attended the University of Mobile in Alabama, where he majored in vocal performance and theatre. After college Chase took some time to explore his performance options before returning to graduate school at the University of Southern Mississippi. There he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in theatrical performance, honing his stage skills and adding the love of teaching to his repertoire.
Now this actor/singer/musician/teacher has settled in Philadelphia, far from his southern roots, to pursue his career. Since moving to Philly, Chase has been seen onstage with Beacon Theatre Productions, the Philadelphia Artists' Collective, Arden Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, and in readings with Theatre Ariel and Inis Nua. He is also a proud company member of Curio Theatre and was seen in their productions of Death of a Salesman, The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary, Catch-22, and All My Sons. Along with his performances, Chase enjoys teaching voice and dialects, reading sci-fi novels, and singing in the shower.