Christopher Arnott has covered theater and other lively arts in Connecticut for over 25 years. Beyond this website, he continues to write regularly about theater for the New Haven Independent, New Haven Living magazine, CT Now and other publications. He was the lead theater critic for the now-defunct New Haven Advocate from 1991-2013.
Chris’ theater writings have won local, regional and national awards, and his work has been quoted in textbooks, journals, magazines and loud arguments at parties. He is the proud recipient of a 2011 fellowship from the USC Annenberg NEA Institute in Theater and Musical Theater—the gang that fomented the extraordinary Engine28 pop-up website to cover arts festivals and conferences in Los Angeles. Chris rejoined that throng for Engine 33 at the Humana Festival in 2013.
As a director and producer and skittish actor, Chris has been a part of dozens of small theater productions, from the awesome to the atrocious.
He is the son of the acclaimed theater historian/translator/director/puppeteer/Tufts University professor Peter D. Arnott (1931-1990). Chris grew up in the midst of the hundreds of college and summer stock productions staged by his father, and continues to feel most at home in college towns and in the regional theater realm.
Having spent his childhood in Iowa City and in the Boston area, Chris moved to Connecticut in the mid-1980s. After 30 years in downtown New Haven, he now lives in the bucolic suburb of Bethany with his wife Kathleen (an artist and math teacher) and their daughters Mabel and Sally.
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