Contact: Karen Gross, Publicist



Christopher Goodrich is the Co-Producing Artistic Director of Unexpected Stage Company. He is the recipient of the prestigious Stella Adler Studio Who’s Who in Drama award for his work at the four year Conservatory. He has directed more than 20 off-Broadway and Off-off Broadway features including the American premiere of Canadian playwright Norm Foster’s Wrong for Each Other (Manhattan Theatre Source); the world premiere of National Book Award-winner Gerald Stern’s Father Guzman (Poet’s Theatre); and the world premiere of Kenneth Koch’s Edward and Christine (Columbia University). In addition, Christopher is a widely published and award-winning poet whose first collection, Nevertheless Hello, was published by Steel Toe Books in 2009.

His poetry has appeared in Margie, Entelechy International, Diner, 5AM, Kestrel, Hotel Amerika, Rattle, The New York Quarterly, The Sycamore Review, The Cimarron Review and The Worcester Review among others. He has also been featured on Verse Daily and NPR. He is the recipient of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and Emerging Writer’s Fellowship from The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD,  and he holds an M.F.A. from New England College. His latest manuscript, No Texting at the Dinner Table, was recently accepted by New York Quarterly Books.


Unexpected Stage Company is a professional regional theater company founded by the husband-and-wife team of award-winning actor-director Christopher Goodrich and actress-singer Rachel Stroud-Goodrich. The company dedicates itself to honoring the intricacies and intimacies of the complete human experience and, to that end, seeks to unite people, place and storytelling in order to explore interconnection. Visit and

Unexpected Stage Company is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Unexpected Stage gratefully acknowledges The Center for Organizational Excellence for its generous support of our 2013 season.


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Robert Sheire and Jean Miller in CANDY AND DOROTHY
Robert Sheire and Jean Miller in Unexpected Stage’s production of CANDY AND DOROTHY, by David Johnston


“Unexpected Stage Company, led by Chris Goodrich and Rachel Stroud-Goodrich, is a welcome addition to Montgomery County’s arts scene.”The Gazette

“Presented by the aptly named Unexpected Stage Company, ‘Candy and Dorothy’ features a strong cast… in service of an equally strong and compelling script.” Metro Weekly

“I haven’t had this much fun in the theatre in a long time, so kudos to the cast and director Christopher Goodrich for their very funny and poignant production of ‘Candy and Dorothy.’”Maryland Theatre Guide

2014 Press for Unexpected Stage:

The New York Times (Women’s Voice Theatre Festival)

2013 Press for Unexpected Stage:

The Gazette

Montgomery Magazine

DC Metro Theatre Arts

WAMU Art Beat

Washington City Paper

DC Theatre Scene

Maryland Theatre Guide

Gazette (Monologue Fest)

Gazette (Wake for Jacob Marley)

2012 Press for Unexpected Stage’s production of The Dumb Waiter and Trifles:

The Washington Post

The Gazette

DC Theatre Scene “Highly Recommended”

DC Metro Theatre Arts Review

DC Metro Theatre Arts Feature

Art Beat

2012 Press for Unexpected Stage’s Monologue Fest:

The Gazette

Art Beat

DC Theatre Scene

Other Press:
MD Theatre Guide

The Gazette 

Montgomery Village News

Metro Weekly Spotlight

Metro Weekly

Washington Examiner


Rockville Patch

The Blade

Montgomery Village News (p32), 2010

The Gazette, 2010

Press Releases:

New Theatre Company Unexpected Stage Launches in Gaithersburg


Candy and Dorothy makes D.C.-area premiere


Unexpected Stage Co. presents MONOLOGUE FEST on March 26


Press Release Unexpected Stage Presents Pinter Glaspell Plays


Press Release: Get in the Holiday Spirit at “A Wake for Jacob Marley: An Unexpected Fundraiser”