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Chris Reynolds is the lead Producer of the SummerWorks Exchange: an industry platform bringing

together local, national and international artists, producers and presenters during the SummerWorks

Performance Festival, a curated festival recognized nationally and internationally as a launching pad for

new and experimental work. Taking place over 10 days every August in Toronto, SummerWorks is

interested in continuously re-imagining and innovating the possibilities for performance- how it is created,

presented and experienced.

Chris also works in a market development role with other arts organizations including Toronto’s Buddies

in Bad Times Theatre which, about to celebrate its 40th anniversary, is the world’s longest-running and

largest queer theatre. He possesses a unique range of professional experiences including: curating and

presenting large scale international performing arts projects in Toronto, commissioning and supporting

the creation of new work by local artists, market development projects to introduce national and

international presenters to local artists, and brokering deals and producing tours in Canada and several

countries around the world.

Chris was Senior Artistic Associate in the Performing Arts department at Harbourfront Centre from

2009-17. He was a core member of the programming team for World Stage, Toronto’s annual festival of

boundary-pushing contemporary performance projects from across Canada and around the world. He has

traveled scouting work or as an invited delegate to festivals and showcases in Montreal, Vancouver, New

York City, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Brighton, Helsinki, Dusseldorf, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Tokyo. He was

a member of the Programming Advisory Committee for the 2014 Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad

Times Theatre, curated by festival director Laura Nanni, as well as a youth mentor for the 2015 Paprika

Festival. In August 2015 he led a workshop on touring for the SummerWorks Leadership Intensive


  • 2021-22 Dora Juror, Touring
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