New Employee Spotlight – Chris Carlson

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.
Carlson, Chris
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Stage Technician I, Conference Services. I have over 20 years of experience in sound & lighting and theater production.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was a student of the P.E.T. (Professional Entertainment Training) program back in the 80s. I’ve also been a part-time employee of the Fine Arts Department for the past decade.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
NPR, or podcasts like The Morning Stream, Film Sack, Current Geek, and T.W.I.T. (This Week In Tech). It varies. News can be depressing.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Seattle Bindery and Mailing. I was 16 years old and my dad’s cousin (who owned the business) asked how old I was, and told me to get down to the shop. He handed me a mop. I was there for 30 years – not mopping. I was a driver and the manager of Shipping & Receiving Department.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
This job used to be my hobby! I’ve always wanted to work full-time for Green River!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
IDK, stay employed!

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

  • My 20+ year marriage
  • My two children
  • My work at Green River

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
My former co-worker here at GRC gave me my nickname, “Adaptorman” over 25 years ago. I’m still known by that nickname to this day.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I played Alice from The Brady Bunch in a Music Company production, if anyone remembers the P.E.T. program. What more can you ask?


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