Krissi Ann McEachern
Krissi Ann McEachern (she/her) is a Midwest based arts administrator and producer. She holds an M.F.A in Arts Leadership from DePaul University – a selective masters program with an acceptance rate of up to 2 students per year. As a full-time graduate student, Krissi also worked full-time at Chicago Shakespeare Theater where she oversaw a wide variety of special projects. Krissi served as Line Producer for the North American premier of SIX! The Musical and Project Manager for Chicago Shakespeare’s annual Gala, raising 1.2 million dollars for their education and community programming. Krissi also had the honor of being Producing Project Manager for Chicago Shakespeare’s flagship community engagement program: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. Under her leadership, the free touring production visited 18 Chicago community parks and, for the first time in the program’s history, partnered with Paramount Theatre to visit Aurora, IL. Her team fostered significant growth in The Neighborhood Host program – a teen-focused community partnership initiative that provides summer employment opportunities to local youth.
Originally from Arizona, Krissi relocated to Minnesota to pursue her B.A. in Arts Administration and Entrepreneurship from Bethel University. During her undergraduate years, Krissi worked with performing arts organizations across the country including Bucks County Playhouse, Utah Opera and Symphony, and the Minnesota Opera. Krissi went on to work in Finance for the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis where she oversaw the financial success of 8 world premiere productions. It was at Children’s Theatre Company that her passion for TYA was ignited. Krissi has since committed her career to fostering radically inclusive arts programming for all generations through ethical, inclusive, and community-informed business practices.