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Criss Henderson

Criss Henderson, Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Executive Director, has produced CST’s past 19 seasons. Under his leadership the Theater has become one of the city’s major cultural attractions; honors include the 2008 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; was recognized among the top 40 business people under the age of 40 in Crain's Chicago Business; and was recently named Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture of France. Mr. Henderson serves as president of the Producers’ Association of Chicago area Theaters and on the Board of Directors of Arts Alliance Illinois and 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.