Chris Hanna (Artistic Director) has dedicated over 30 years to balancing the overlapping missions of developing new plays, breathing fresh air into dramatic classic, and engaging communities in the power of live theater. Career highlights before arriving in Virginia include serving as Resident Director at the Julliard School, working with the play development staffs of London’s Royal Court Theater and the New York Shakespeare Festival, and eight seasons as Artistic Associate for the Chautauqua Theater Company in New York. He holds an MFA from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). In addition to serving as Artistic Director of Virginia Stage, Chris is an Associate professor of Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University. Between the two venues, he has staged over thirty productions for Hampton Roads audiences and looks forward to many more.
Keith Stava (Managing Director) is in his tenth season as Managing Director at VSC. Keith brings over thirty years of experience from both the nonprofit and the commercial theater to Virginia Stage Company. Locally, Keith has served as the Executive Producer of the Commonwealth Theatre Company and Executive Director of Virginia Opera. Naionally, he has served as the Producer/Manager of the prestigious Los Angeles Civic Light Opera as well as the San Bernardino and Long Beach Civic Light Operas. His commercial theater work includes Producer of the 1990-92 Broadway and National Tour of Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby (for which Keith was nominated for a Tony Award - Best Revival of a Musical) and a six-month engagement of Tap Dogs in Las Vegas. For all his hundreds of shows, the productions he is the most proud of are actually co-productions with his wife Nancy, namely their three children: Ryan, Neal and Emily.
Patrick Mullins is the Associate Artistic Director at the Virginia Stage Company where he most recently directed Black Pearl Sings and Swingtime Salute. He holds an MFA in theatre from the University of South Carolina and especially enjoys directing and adapting work that empowers community growth and interaction. Some projects of late include a video heavy Romeo and Juliet that integrated area high school students with professional actors, an R&B fueled tour of Julius Caesar, and a reworking of A Christmas Carol that celebrated the music and instruments of Dickens' period. In addition to work at VSC he recently directed shows at Capitol Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY and Ensemble Theatre Company in Santa Barbara, CA. He is also an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University and was recognized by the Hampton Roads Cultural Alliance with the Bettie Minette Cooper Arts Educator award in 2010.
Terry Summers Flint recently moved down the hall and up the ladder at VSC after four seasons as Properties Master and is excited about her role as Production Manager. She is also glad to be continuing as an occasional scenic designer for VSC. Her past designs here include A Raisin in the Sun, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, and Hansel and Gretel’s Grimm Tale. Favorite past designs outside VSC include Vinegar Tom, Arcadia, StopKiss, and The Odyssey. She has worked at American Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and received her MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her BA from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She gives her sincere thanks to the stellar production staff at VSC and to the audience for continuing to support local theatres!