Criss Henderson

Executive Director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Criss Henderson

Criss Henderson

Executive Director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Biography

CRISS HENDERSON is the executive director of Chicago Shakespeare and has produced the Theater’s past twenty-nine seasons. Under his leadership, CST has become one of the nation’s leading regional theaters and one of Chicago's most celebrated cultural organizations, honored with the 2008 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, as well as multiple Laurence Olivier and Joseph Jefferson Awards. He oversaw the Theater’s move to its home on Navy Pier in 1999 and led the recent development of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. In 2016 he spearheaded the citywide, yearlong celebration of Shakespeare’s legacy, Shakespeare 400 Chicago. Mr. Henderson has garnered multiple honors, including: the 2013 Cultural Innovation Award from the Chicago Innovation Awards; Arts Administrator of the Year by Arts Management Magazine at the Kennedy Center; recognition in Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40”; and the Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture of France. Mr. Henderson has served on the boards of directors of the League of Chicago Theatres and Arts Alliance Illinois, and for many years as president of the Producers’ Association of Chicago-area Theaters. Mr. Henderson is director of DePaul University’s 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.

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Chicago Shakespeare Theate

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3

Number of Awards

2

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Founder at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

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Vice President of Corporate Relations at Exelon Corporation

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Attorney at Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Former Co-Managing Director, US Corporate Group at Northern Trust Corporation

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Chief Financial Officer at Cresco Labs, Inc.

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Principal at Tur Partners LLC

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Co-Founder at Alain Locke Charter School

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President, Financial Products at The Allstate Corp.

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Member, Board of Directors at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

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Executive Director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
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Executive Director
Current

Chicago Shakespeare Theater operates performance theaters. It offers production of classics, new works and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World’s Stage Series. The company was founded by Barbara Gaines in 1986 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Member, Board of Directors
Prior
Member, Board of Directors
Current

Chicago Shakespeare Theater operates performance theaters. It offers production of classics, new works and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World’s Stage Series. The company was founded by Barbara Gaines in 1986 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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PROMOTING THE VALUE OF THE ARTS AND ARTS EDUCATION TO ALL RESIDENTS OF ILLINOIS.

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$5,000 - $10K
2019

Chicago Shakespeare Theater operates performance theaters. It offers production of classics, new works and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World’s Stage Series. The company was founded by Barbara Gaines in 1986 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

$25K - $50K
2019

Chicago Shakespeare Theater operates performance theaters. It offers production of classics, new works and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World’s Stage Series. The company was founded by Barbara Gaines in 1986 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater operates performance theaters. It offers production of classics, new works and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World’s Stage Series. The company was founded by Barbara Gaines in 1986 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Awards & Honors
Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine - 40 Under 40
Chevaliers of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
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