Chris was raised in the Pacific Northwest (Olympia), where he discovered the theatre at an early age and became involved with the local community scene. At 17, he became the youngest board member of Capital Playhouse in Olympia, Washington, and helped that organization grow from a seasonal production schedule to year-round programming. During his educational and professional career, he has traveled throughout the West, working closely with many theatres as an actor, technician, director, musician, volunteer, or board member (sometimes all of them at the same time). In his previous professional experiences he served as; a District Manager for Hollywood Video (Utah, Arizona, California, and Washington), managing 18 retail locations; Company Manager for Capital Playhouse where he implemented and developed a Human Resources program, oversaw the reorganization of their accounting practices, developed a Community Outreach program, oversaw Profit & Loss management, and ensured patron retention. In his five years as the Director of Education at Tacoma Musical Playhouse he developed a year round curriculum He currently sits on the board of the Washington State Community Theatre Association as its Secretary (www.wscta.org) and is the Vice President of Planning and Development for the American Association of Community Theatres (www.aact.org).