Christopher Massimine’s online profile had several credits that did not appear real.
A veteran of fundraising will temporarily take the reins of Pioneer theater company‘s while the current CEO is on leave.
Diane Parisi, PTC’s Director of Development since 1998, has been appointed Acting General Manager of the Salt Lake City Theater Company. The change was seen on The PTC website Tuesday, although the managing director, Christopher Massimine, is still listed in the staff directory.
Massimine took personal time off last week, amid reporting from The Salt Lake Tribune and Fox13 elements of his resume that appeared fabricated or exaggerated.
Among the objects found: A “Humanitarian of the Year 2019” prize awarded by an organization that does not seem to exist; list credits on films and video games he has not worked on; and production credit claims to two Tony-nominated Broadway productions, while he held lower-level jobs with those shows.
Over the weekend, Massimine’s credit list on the Internet Movie Database – which last week included nearly 100 movies, TV shows, and video games that Massimine is said to have worked on – has been cleaned. IMDb did not respond to a request for comment on how this happened.
Massimine did not respond to requests for comment. PTC, which is an entity of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah, has made inquiries to the university administration.
The PTC board is scheduled to hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, and Massimine’s status is expected to be a main topic of conversation.
Massimine was hired in February 2019 as Managing Director of PTC, succeeding Chris Lino, who held the position for 28 years. Massimine had impressive credentials, most notably as CEO of the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene, one of New York’s oldest theater companies – which, during his tenure, produced an acclaimed Yiddish translation of “Fiddler on the Roof” in 2018.
PTC’s 2021-2022 season is set to begin this fall, with the September 10 debut of the Fats Waller musical “Ain’t Misbehavin ‘” – the first performance on the Pioneer stage since the theater closed in March 2020 due to the COVID -19 pandemic.