Chris Gruits is the executive and artistic director of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. His vision returns the Annenberg Center to its roots as Philadelphia’s premier curator of innovative and groundbreaking programs, and a wide range of collaborations in dance, music, theater and more. A signature of his leadership is the cultivation of partnerships across the community, reflecting the Annenberg Center’s commitment to serving the University of Pennsylvania, the surrounding West Philadelphia neighborhood and the Greater Philadelphia region.
Chris is the former vice president and executive producer of Presentations, the programming, and arts-broadcasting division of Michigan’s Interlochen Center for the Arts. He was previously the director of e-strategy at Carnegie Hall and began his career at the Seattle Symphony. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary humanities with a concentration in arts management from Michigan State University, and an MBA with a focus on strategy from the University of Edinburgh.