Welcome Chris Dewar, Our New Artistic Director
Posted Oct 6, 2017 in Announcements
Jet City Improv is proud to announce that Chris Dewar has been hired as the organization’s new Artistic Director.
Originally from Cape Cod, Dewar travelled to the Pacific Northwest to study Theatre Arts and Comparative Sociology at the University of Puget Sound. After graduating, he moved to Seattle and became an active member of the arts community. He began performing with Jet City Improv in the summer of 2007 and became an ensemble member in June 2008.
From 2009-2011, Dewar served as Jet City Improv’s Education Director. Since then, he has taught countless improv classes and workshops for the organization. As a teaching artist and administrator, he has also worked with Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Youth Theatre Northwest. Outside of the theatre world, Dewar can be found playing guitar in his rock band Hollow Bodies, building Legos and rooting for his beloved New England sports teams.
“Since 2008, Chris has done an exceptional job of representing Jet City Improv as both an educator and improviser,” said Keith Dahlgren, Managing Director. “The staff and I are excited to have him lead this organization into the future as Artistic Director.”
“On behalf of the board of directors, I’d like to welcome Chris as Jet City Improv’s new Artistic Director,” said Jess Main, Board President. “We look forward to working with him in our efforts to continue to grow this organization.”
“I’m moving on from Jet City Improv with a very full heart and innumerable happy memories,” said Andrew McMasters, Outgoing Artistic Director. “Having known Chris for many years, I’m confident that he will be an excellent leader, collaborator and Artistic Director.”
“I’m absolutely thrilled and honored to be the next Artistic Director of Jet City Improv,” said Chris Dewar, Incoming Artistic Director. “Both Andrew McMasters and Jet City Improv have played a pivotal role in my life as sources of inspiration and creativity. As Artistic Director, I intend to build upon Andrew’s legacy by ensuring that this organization remains a vital and inclusive member of the community as well as a home for innovative artists, world-class improv training and cutting-edge improvised theater.”
Dewar will work alongside the staff and board to realize the Jet City Improv’s ongoing mission of enlightening, entertaining and educating audiences through the art of improvisation.
Now in its 25th year of operation, Jet City Improv employs 5 full-time staff members, 3 part-time staff members and upwards of 50 actors and theater professionals at any point during the course of a production season. In addition to producing improv shows, the organization performs free improv shows for children with disabilities and illnesses in Washington and teaches free improv workshops to homeless, incarcerated and in transition youth in Seattle.