September 15, 2015
Christopher Hunt, director of marketing for the Educational Theatre Association, was found dead of an apparent heart attack at his Cincinnati home on Monday. He was forty-two.
“We are all shocked,” said EdTA Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald. “Chris was a big presence here and we will miss him greatly. When I think of Chris, I picture the pride and passion he had for the EdTA brand and the mission of the association.”
The EdTA staff learned of Hunt’s death at about 4:00 p.m. Monday.
Born on a military base in Heidelberg, Germany, where his father was serving, Hunt grew up in Lancaster, Ohio and moved to Cincinnati for his undergraduate work in marketing at the University of Cincinnati. For several years after graduation, he was active as a volunteer in the business affairs of his fraternity, Kappa Sigma, and he raised funds for the Kids Kickin’ Cancer Foundation on behalf of a niece and nephew. He began working for EdTA in 2000, later returning to U.C. to earn an M.B.A. while still working full time.
In fifteen years as the organization’s marketing chief, Hunt shaped the image of EdTA into that of a respected player in arts education. His work was a crucial contributor to membership growth and the success of EdTA’s burgeoning events, and he became a key adviser to the organization’s leaders. Skilled at research and analysis, he was known among friends and colleagues for his strong opinions, his easy laugh, and his ability to provoke laughter in others.
In 2011 he received the EdTA President’s Award.
He is survived by his parents, Laura and Wilford Hunt, who live in Lancaster, and three siblings, Curtis Hunt, Carrie Hunt Clarke, and Celeste Hunt Miller.
A funeral service will be held Friday, September 18, at the Lancaster United Brethren Church, 1125 Pleasantville Road, Lancaster, Ohio, 43130.
A tribute fund has been set up in Hunt’s memory to award a student scholarship in 2016. The Chris Hunt Scholarship will be presented to a Thespian who plans to use his or her skills learned through theatre in a career focused on business or marketing. To make a contribution, please visit EdTA's Donate page and select “Chris Hunt tribute fund” on your donation.