Barbara Gaines and Criss Henderson

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BARBARA GAINES (Artistic Director) is the founder of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where she has directed more than thirty of Shakespeare’s plays. Honors include: the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre; the prestigious Honorary OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in recognition of her contributions strengthening British-American cultural relations; and Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best Production (Hamlet, Cymbeline, King Lear and The Comedy of Errors), and for Best Director (Cymbeline, King Lear and The Comedy of Errors).

CRISS HENDERSON (Executive Director) has produced CST’s past twenty-four seasons. Under his leadership the Theater has become one of the city’s major cultural attractions. Honors include the 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 at The Kennedy Center; was recognized among the top 40 business people under the age of 40 in Crain’s Chicago Business; and was named Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture of France.