Artistic Director, Theatre Company
Chris Coleman is the Artistic Director of Denver Center Theatre Company, the Tony Award-winning production arm of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Chris oversees programming of the Theatre Company’s 8-10 play season of classic, contemporary and new works; its annual Colorado New Play Summit, and the innovative and experimental works of Off-Center. Additionally, the Theatre Company provides artistic and production support for select productions by DCPA Cabaret and DCPA Education.
Previously he served as Artistic Director of Portland Center Stage (PCS) for 17 years. During his tenure at PCS, he developed programming with roots in the Pacific Northwest complemented by classic productions and many world premieres, 52 of which went on to productions across the country and abroad.
In 2015, he directed the Off-Broadway debut of Threesome at 59E59 Theaters following its world premiere at PCS. He also directed many PCS productions, including Othello, Anna Karenina, Three Days of Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Clybourne Park, Sweeney Todd, Much Ado About Nothing, Oklahoma!, Snow Falling on Cedars, Ragtime, Crazy Enough, Beard of Avon, Cabaret, King Lear, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Dreamgirls, Man and Superman, Outrage, Flesh and Blood and The Devils. He also adapted and directed Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline, Astoria: Part One and Astoria: Party Two.
Prior to his work in Portland, Chris was artistic director at Actor’s Express in Atlanta, a company he co-founded in 1988.
Chris has directed at Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ACT-Seattle, The Alliance, Dallas Theatre Center, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and Center Stage in Baltimore.
A native Atlantan, Chris holds a BFA from Baylor University and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon.