Chris has run, built, marketed, and created theatres and festivals over 30 years. Most recently heading the marketing and fundraising for the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds for Colin Blumenau, after being General Manager for the Pleasance Theatres and Head of International Licensing for Cameron Mackintosh. He created the first International Festival of Musicals in the UK in 1992 whilst running Buxton Opera House and subsequently focussed on new writing running the Vivian Ellis Prize, establishing Musical Futures, starting Musical Theatre Matters (now MTN). He has worked for Society of London Theatre and the BBC. Most recently he has been running the MA in Arts Management at Anglia Ruskin, providing Industry Liaison for Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, working for Stage Entertainment Holland, Kolomna Pastila in Russia, as well as DxL Creations and Studio Life in Japan. He offers a programme of CGO Surgeries for emerging creatives and works with his wife, Kath Burlinson, supporting the Authentic Artist Collective and running personal impact training for business in Suffolk. A new book "Your Life in Theatre" offers a self help careers guide for all stages of life in the arts - whether in theatre or a much broader creative canvas.
I have worked across the UK with a range of theatre, arts and creative producers and makers. I spend most time with emerging creatives who themselves have good connections. I then network to reach business communities with an interest in the arts.
I will keep making connections