Chris Andersson’s expertise is gained from 25 years in higher education administration, working exclusively with theatre students. He holds a B.A. in Theatre & Dance and an M.A. in English: Writing, Rhetoric & Media Arts, both from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
While pursuing a career performing onstage throughout New York City, he became the Administrative Director of the Trinity College/La MaMa Performing Arts Program. He taught on the faculty of Trinity’s Theatre & Dance department and for the Hartford chapter of the I Have a Dream program. After 11 years running Trinity/La MaMa, Chris became the Director of Recruitment for the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT. Immediately following the O’Neill, he moved to the Drama department at NYU Tisch School of the Arts to oversee their artistic review process for 3,000 applicants annually. In his role as designer, producer and host of the audition process for the largest undergraduate theatre department in the world, Chris welcomed 25,000 young theatre artists to their artistic reviews in his time at NYU.
To serve young artists in the best way possible, Chris founded Nothing But Drama in 2014. He provides guidance for applying to undergraduate, graduate and summer high school programs in the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Australia. Chris is also currently President of the Board of The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS), New York City’s oldest and longest producing professional LGBTQ+ theatre company. He also serves on the Board of Mare Nostrum Elements (MNE), which is dedicated to the expression of human emotion through dance, theatre and movement. He is a member of Film Independent, and of NewFest, which produces New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival and ensures that stories of LGBTQ people are created, shared and protected. Along with theatre, film and education, Chris is passionate about music, art, language, architecture, New York City history, nature, and exploring this amazing planet.