SALT LAKE CITY: Chris Massimine has taken up his post as managing director of Pioneer Theatre Company. He will also serve as the senior administrator for the company, which is located on the campus of the University of Utah. Massimine succeeds Chris Lino, who retired in June.
“Together Chris and I are committed to augmenting the Salt Lake arts community with strides of economic development through producing Broadway-bound productions, fostering new work that employs local artists, artisans, skilled laborers, and creative administrators, bringing the best and most recent blockbusters of New York City and around the country to Utah with regional premieres that are set to employ a mixture of local, national, and international professionals,” said artistic director Karen Azenberg in a statement. “We’re very focused on serving as a uniting community voice, giving back to the city and state with an extended outreach initiative that will allow for PTC to serve as that vital bridge between art and education as a proud affiliate of the University of Utah. It’s an important feat ahead of us, and we’ve hit the ground running.”
Massimine previously served as CEO of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), which received the National Theatre Conference’s 2018 Theatre of the Year Award. He also served on the New York City Cultural Council, was the co-development chair at Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, and is the founder of the Immigrant Arts Coalition. He was a co-producer for the Broadway production of Indecent, and has been nominated for two Tony Awards. In 2018, Massimine executive produced the Fiddler on the Roof 2018 revival cast album. In addition to his theatre work, Massimine has produced concerts for artists including Liza Minnelli, Mandy Patinkin, Itzhak Perlman, Jason Mraz, Kings of Leon, Theodore Bikel, and Amy Winehouse.