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Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman founded Actor's Express in Atlanta, led Portland Center Stage for 17 years, and currently serves as Artistic Director for the Denver Center Theatre Company.

Chris Coleman joined the Denver Center Theatre Company as Artistic Director in November 2017.  Three months out of Carnegie Mellon, he founded Atlanta's Actor's Express in the basement of an old church in Atlanta (with $2500), building it into one of the small but mighty cultural forces in the Southeast.  For seventeen years he led Portland Center Stage, helping build a new home for the company, doubling the audience size, investing deeply in new work, and making significant strides with diversifying the organization and its audience.  He's directed for theaters cross the country (NYTW, the Alliance, Dallas Theatre Center, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Pittsburgh Public, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Rep, Center Stage Baltimore).  He lives with his husband, actor/writer  Rodney Hicks, and their dogs Trevor and Logan.

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Listening and Finding Common Ground

Listening and Finding Common Ground

Chris Coleman and Marya Sea Kaminski in Conversation

28 April 2019

Artistic directors Marya Sea Kaminski, of the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Chris Coleman, of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, talk about board relationships, connecting with new audiences, budgets as moral documents, and more.