- Category: Acting
- 27 September 2011
- Published Date
- Annelise Murphy
Criss Rosenlof has been involved in performing arts since the age of 8, when he taught himself to play guitar. His first acting role was in 9th grade when he played Colonel Crabtree in Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch.
He didn't like the way the girls enjoyed sticking him in the eye when applying makeup for stage, so he and his buddy JC decided to learn makeup. Criss went on to work as a professional makeup artist doing Halloween makeup for Taylor Maid Beauty Supply for 10 years, many stage productions and assistant makeup artist for the film Mr. Atlas for Windmill Productions and HBO.
Criss also has worked behind the scenes running lights and sound for many productions. He won an award for best sound from the Utah Theater Guild for Dracula, and best lighting design for The Elephant Man.
Along with acting, Criss is a martial arts enthusiast, holding black belts in Shotokan Karate, Go Ju Ryu, and Taijiquan. He has been studying martial arts for 29 years, teaching for 12 years, and has used those skills to help choreograph fight scenes and other stunts on stage.
Criss' other passion in life is bicycling. He sold his car last year, and has been commuting by bike to work at the VA Hospital where he works as a Dialysis Nurse, riding an average of 100 miles per week. Criss has ridden over 3,200 miles in the last year, including completing his first "Century" ride – 108 miles in 7hrs.
Criss has been in 6 shows with Poison Ivy Mysteries in the last year. He played: Klaa' Tookie in Death the Final Frontier; Bishop Rick in Called to Murder; Stanislov Dimitriev in Club Mystique; Mananan the Wizard in Shadow of the King; Maximillion Murphy in Lights, Camera, Murder; and currently can be seen as Fitz Gerald in Curse of the Scarab.