Criss Henderson

Criss Henderson, Executive Director

Criss Henderson (Executive Director) has produced CST’s past twenty-four seasons. Under his leadership the Theater has become one of the city’s major cultural attractions. Honors include the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre as well as multiple Laurence Olivier and Joseph Jefferson Awards. Mr. Henderson was named Arts Administrator of the Year by Arts Management Magazine at The Kennedy Center; was recognized among the top 40 business people under the age of 40 in Crain’s Chicago Business; and was named Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture of France. He serves as president of the Producers’ Association of Chicago-area Theatres, and on the board of the League of Chicago Theatres. Mr. Henderson is director of the MFA/Arts Leadership Program, a two-year, graduate-level curriculum in arts management training created through a joint partnership between Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Theatre School at DePaul University.


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