Karen Azenberg, Artistic Director of Pioneer Theatre Company
On July 1, 2012, Ms. Azenberg succeeded Charles Morey, who stepped down at the end of the 2011-2012 season after a twenty-eight year tenure as PTC's Artistic Director.
Azenberg is a New York-based freelance director and choreographer who currently serves as the Executive Board President of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). She has directed and/or choreographed a number of shows at PTC, including most recently "Next to Normal," "Rent," "Miss Saigon," and the musical staging for "Les Miserables." She is well-known in national theatre circles through her leadership of SDC, the national union for professional directors and choreographers, and as a Board member of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, a preeminent launching pad for new musicals. She is also a voter for the Tony Awards, and has directed over 60 musicals and plays at theatres across the country.
Chris Lino, Managing Director of Pioneer Theatre Company
Chris Lino has been Managing Director of Pioneer Theatre Company since June of 1991. During that time, he has been responsible for overseeing the business operations of the theatre including the general administration of PTC as well as external affairs and fundraising.
Mr. Lino came to Pioneer Theatre Company from his position as Director of Development for Capital Repertory Company in Albany, New York. During 1990 he served as an instructor in Theatre Management at State University of New York at Albany. Prior to the four years he spent at Capital Rep, Mr. Lino worked as a development officer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He graduated with a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Potsdam.