MEET EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHRIS SULLIVAN
RRCP began looking for an Executive Director this past December. Through an extensive search process we met a significant number of enthusiastic and talented applicants from all over the country. We are now pleased and excited to announce Chris Sullivan as Royal River Community Players’ first Executive Director!
With nearly two decades of experience working with non-profits in the southern Maine, Chris Sullivan has made a career of creating accessible art experiences for audiences of all ages.
Chris has led the way in designing and creating spaces for the arts all over Maine, most notably in his key role as the Consulting Exhibits Director for the new Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, which opened in 2021 and features 30,000 square feet of exhibits spanning three floors and a 90 seat proscenium theater. As a longtime leader at the organization since its days on Free Street, Chris was instrumental in preserving the organization’s mission, vision, and heart while expanding its reach. He proudly served as Board President for Mad Horse Theater Company. His leadership efforts helped secure several key sources of funding. This expanded organizational capacity that empowered Mad Horse to continue its proud creative legacy of bringing innovative, challenging performances to the greater Portland community.
For 10 years, Chris served as a professor of Fine Arts at St. Joseph’s College, where he mentored students as they explored new skills, passions, and careers in visual art. He also led several vital campus initiatives, establishing an artist lecture series, securing grant funding for a partnership with local public schools, and guiding a comprehensive revision of the core curriculum to increase flexibility and encourage students to explore more interdisciplinary learning opportunities.
In his new role as the Executive Director of Royal River Community Players, he looks forward to supporting the board in realizing their vision of creating a thriving hub for the performing arts, where individuals of all ages can find new ways to express themselves and experience the unique joys of creating as a community.
Chris holds a BFA from University of Maine at Presque Isle and an MFA from Maine College of Art. He lives in Cumberland, where he enjoys adventuring with his wife and two children and (slowly) restoring their 200-year-old farmhouse.
Royal River Community Players is a multi-generational, non-profit community theater located in Yarmouth, Maine. Founded in the Fall of 2016 by a group of like-minded theater enthusiasts who decided it was time to have a performance group that wasn't "just for kids" nor "just for adults", our goal is to provide performance opportunities for all ages and to produce plays and musicals that the whole family can participate in, watch, and enjoy. RRCP is welcoming to people of all ages, abilities, races, ethnicities, religions and orientations.
The purpose of the Royal River Community Players is to create multi-generational performing arts experiences for Yarmouth and surrounding area residents. These opportunities of education, culture, and creative expression are provided through theatrical productions for all ages.
Royal River Community Players envisions a dynamic theater company presenting three full-scale productions annually as well as smaller, more focused events such as Clam Festival appearances and open mic performances. We also envision growing local talent by offering classes in acting, improv, clowning, musical theater, and other theater-related topics. Finally, we believe providing a space for other local artistic groups to perform as well as bringing talent from outside the area, such as professional groups, comedians, dance troops, etc., will continue to enhance the cultural opportunities in our community and surrounding areas.
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