Chris grew up in Manchester and currently lives in West Dorset, by way of Nottinghamshire, Devon and Brighton. Over the years he has managed to reinvent himself several times – from florist’s delivery van driver to Punch & Judy man, drama teacher, community arts coordinator, and creative producer.
From 2011 to 2017 Chris was the Creative Producer for the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund, since when he has been working freelance as a writer, producer, theatre director, arts consultant, and dramaturg for choreographers and dance companies.
Between 2009 and 2013 Chris led the Associate Artist programme for South East Dance, producing the work of international award-winning artists Sadhana, Ben Wright & bgroup, Lucy Cash, Charlie Morrissey, Antonia Grove of Probe, Ben Duke of Lost Dog and Rosemary Lee.
Prior to that he was the Director of Dance & Theatre for Take Art in Somerset for nearly six years, developing opportunities for local, regional and national companies to make and present work in the county, as well as launching a series of long-term, innovative participation projects in arts and health.
For two years he was Artistic Director at Beaford Arts, North Devon, where he initiated the digitisation of the world famous James Ravilious Photographic Archive. Between 1999 and 2002 he was Associate Director at New Perspectives in the East Midlands, where he developed more than 100 community arts projects in the former Nottinghamshire coalfields, including the award-winning Timelines and Edible Schoolyard projects.
Chris is married to Amanda Fogg, a dance practitioner working primarily with people with Parkinson’s. He has recently completed work on Ornaments of Grace, a sequence of twelve novels set in Manchester.