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Chris Verrill

Chris Verrill begins his tenure as executive director of Theatrikos Theatre Company Feb. 1. 

Theatrikos Theatre Company announced Jan. 10 the appointment of its new executive director, Chris Verrill.

Verrill comes to Flagstaff with extensive background in all aspects of theater operation and production, said the Theatrikos announcement. Most recently he worked in Beijing where he founded and was operations director of the Beijing Playhouse, an English language community theater. Verrill operated the playhouse from 2006 to 2018 and was responsible for all aspects of the organization, including fiscal management, creative, marketing and business development. He also has experience in public television broadcasting in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"The greater northern Arizona community is obviously very proud of Theatrikos' amazing long track record of producing excellent theater and enriching arts throughout the region,” Verrill said. “I'm very much looking forward to working together with the theater's talented artists and building on that success."

President of the Theatrikos board of directors Al White said he is eager to have such expertise to guide the theater’s growth.

“Chris’ demonstrated leadership in all areas theatrical gives me a great sense of confidence and excitement for the future of Theatrikos."

Interim executive director Stan Sutherland echoed the anticipation.

“Chris has a deep understanding of all aspects of running a theater, and he has the personality needed to build relationships with our donors, patrons and business partners,” he said. “He has some great ideas for taking our community impact to a higher level, and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with him.”

Verrill will begin his tenure with the historic community theater Feb. 1, which coincides with the opening night of its 48th season.

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