Christophe Lombardi

Born in Paris, Christophe’s first brush with performance was as a boy-alto, aged 8, with the choir 

“Les Petites Enfants à la Croix Brûlée”

(The Little Children of the Burnt Cross).

Having caught the performance bug, he later formed a Musical Duo with a colleague, while stationed in

New Caledonia with the French Army.

After the army, Christophe returned to Paris where he attended the prestigious Cours Simon Acting school before striking out to try his hand at many forms of performance, in France, Germany, and Senegal (as a French Representative in a Cultural Exchange in 1995), Ireland, Malta & UK.

After moving to Ireland in 1997 Christophe worked for

Il Florilegio circus, then auditioned for and became a member of the Society of Irish Magicians.

Specialising in Acting, Magic and Medieval Combat display, Christophe also studies Astrophysics with the Open University.

Since 2009 he has been the owner-operator of Trapdoor Entertainment and has seen the company grow from strength to strength. One highlight was the successful international tour over Christmas 2012, of his self written card based magic show “A La Carte”, working with his (then) fiancée, who designed and managed the show on tour.

2014-15 was a developmental period for Christophe. After some further education with an incredibly talented tutor in Dublin, Christophe focussed on developing new projects for the 2016 season and beyond. With a stage play at the devising stage, Christophe also launched a new initiative, “The Melting Pot”, which aims to work at a grass roots level to support performers of all levels, not only in a professional, but also a personal context. Primarily this work has taken the form of  weekend workshops, but further projects are also being explored.

After a first foray into Musical Theatre, playing as Drake in the Mullingar Musical Society’s production of “Annie” in October 2015, Christophe returned to the Mullingar Arts Centre for his first ever panto season, and appeared as Captain Morgan in Cinderella.

2016-17 was a consolidation period for Christophe. After appearing as Cú Chulainn’s fighting double for the Laochra commemoration at Croke Park, he appeared in several projects for both Irish Arms and Footsteps NI, took some time out for two family bereavements and to get married!
He closed out 2017 with 3 months spent in further professional development training with David Scott in Dublin.

In 2018 Christophe continued to appear regularly in Living History work, as well as supporting an Armistice commemoration event in UK appearing as a French soldier, a developmentally delayed  young soldier, as well in his own right with one of his stand-up sets.

2019 got off to a bang when in January Christophe was activated to cover the role of Macbeth on just 9 days notice. The production was met with                    .
This led to invitations to tour, starting in September.
Meanwhile in June, Christophe travelled to New York City to receive a Long Island Theatre Award on behalf of the company of Macbeth.

When the Covid19 Shutdown hit in March of 2020, many projects were brought to a sudden halt. Christophe took part in 11 digital theatre projects across the remainder of 2020, but also took time for a break, and to care for his family. He also began running D&D sessions online both socially and professionally.

2021 continues to be a quiet time of slowly building back from Covid. Projects to date include ‘Colmcille 1500 – Battle of the Books’ for O Media and development work on a character workshop for D&D Ireland’s forthcoming convention, currently slated for Dec 2021, or summer 2022.

In late March of 2021, Christophe discovered that he is genderfluid and came out. Audrey, his feminine counterpart, joined the family and has begun to tentatively pursue a place for herself in the performance world.

He/She lives in County Westmeath, Ireland, with his/her actor & technician wife & her assistance dog, four cats, six hens and a goldfish. In rare moments of down time, he/she loves to cook and bake.