Singing and performing throughout his childhood, Chris Engelhardt graduated from Luther College with a vocal performance degree. After college, Chris and three other Luther graduates formed an acapella quartet named "World A Fair". The group moved to Europe and spent two successful years performing in various theaters and galas throughout Germany. After Chris returned from his time overseas, he moved back to the Midwest to begin a musical theatre career.
The first musical he auditioned for, Chris met and was cast opposite his wife, Donna in Sondheim's 1976 smash hit "Company". Together they played Amy and Paul, followed by Cinderella and Cinderella's Prince in Sondheim's "Into the Woods". They also performed two separate runs together of a two-person musical called "I Do! I Do!". The couple moved to Chicago to pursue their theater careers and were blessed to perform together in many more musical productions.
Other leading roles for Chris include Gaston in "Gigi", Thomas Jefferson in "1776", Steven Kodaly in "She Loves Me", and Jamie Lockhart in "The Robber Bridegroom". Chris has performed with Chicago Light Opera Works, the Florentine Opera Company, the Milwaukee Opera Company, and Dorian Opera Theater.
Chris's favorite part was playing the role of Smudge in the hit musical, "Forever Plaid", which was the longest running musical in Chicago at the time. Chris has performed numerous times as soloist on pops concerts with the Lake County Symphony Orchestra and as Balthazar in Menotti's opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors". Today, Chris' most important role is playing Dad to his three wonderful sons and husband to his loving wife, Donna.