In Memoriam: Chris Dickerson, BPF Founder and Former Chairman

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival is sad to announce the death of Chris Dickerson, who founded the Baltimore Playwrights Festival in 1982 along with John Bruce Johnson of the Vagabond Players. Chris was a playwright, actor and member of Corner Theater (a theater focused on producing new works) when he and JBJ developed the idea of getting local theaters to produce new plays in their summer season. In BPF’s first Season, Chris’s play Deadline was produced at FPCT. He also had By Any Other Name produced in 1986 by Arbutus Theater, a play he co-wrote with Hollis Pashen. In 1992, Chris played the lead in the BPF play, The Dark Eyes at FPCT. Chris served as Chairman of the Board of BPF in its early days, working to give the BPF a foundation that was strong enough to support its continuation these past thirty-two years.