“Emotionally astute...gripping...stellar...inventive...stalwart" is how critics describe Christine's directing. She is a member of the 2019-20 Stage Directors & Choreographers Society Foundation Observership Class, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab (NYC), Directors Lab West (LA), Directors Lab North (Toronto), and Cleveland Play House Directors Gym.
 
Christine has worked with everyone from students to Grammy-winners and was a co-founding, producing co-artistic director of the critically-acclaimed classical theatre company, Mamaí Theatre (2010-2017). In 2017, The Cleveland Critics' Circle honored Mamaí and her production of A DOLL’S HOUSE at Playhouse Square with two Superior Achievement Awards.
 
Her acting work(stage, film, and voice over) has been described as “delicious” and “wonderful.”
As an educator, Christine was named a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program’s Distinguished Teacher and a Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She has received grants and fellowships to study Shakespeare in performance from The Globe Theatre in London, the National Endowment for the Humanities’ National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare, and The Juilliard School.
 
Currently she is an adjunct faculty member at Baldwin Wallace University’s Department of Theatre & Dance and an instructor at the Houde School of Acting. For 16 years, she taught theatre and film and served a stint as chair of Shaker Heights High School’s nationally-recognized and award-winning theatre arts department. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature and Writing from Columbia University and an MFA in Acting from Kent State University.
 
Christine continues her acting and directing training with companies such as Shakespeare & Company, Bedlam, and Red Bull. Member AEA-EMC & Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.
 
Directing in 2019-20:

Entanglement, by Les Hunter, Playwrights Local/Radio on the Lake

Basement Play by Mara Layne, Playwrights Local

TBA, Rubber City Theatre

Recent Directing

Tribunal, by Mark Milo Kessler, Playwrights Local

Romeo and Juliet, Rubber City Theatre

Telemann’s Funeral Cantata for a Dead CanaryApollo's Fire

As You Like It, Baldwin Wallace University

The Critique of the School for Wives, Baldwin Wallace University

BrainWorks, (AD) Nine Network Public Media; Seth Gordon, Director

The Nether, (AD) Dobama Theatre; Shannon Sindelar, Director

Professional Development:

Stage Directors & Choreographers Society Foundation Observership Class 2019-2020 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, August 2019

Directors Lab North, Toronto, June 2019

Bedlam Theatre's Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet, observed rehearsals; directed by Eric Tucker, 2018

Directors Lab West, 2018

Reviews & Honors

2017 Cleveland Critics Circle Awards: A DOLL'S HOUSE & Mamaí Theatre Company

Cleveland Plain Dealer Year in Review 2017: A DOLL'S HOUSE is a standout on

Northeast Ohio Stages

Cleveland Scene's The Best of Cleveland Theater in 2017: A DOLL'S HOUSE

A DOLL'S HOUSE is #1 of the Top Ten Most Memorable Theatre Moments in Cleveland Theatre, 2017

 

Recent Acting Roles

Nike, BEGINNINGS commercial

Voice Over for City of Shaker Heights

Mother in A Frame of Mine, a CIA Short Film

Kate (lead) in Podcast, "The Mystery of Easter Island"

All Boy, Mrs. Norman, 419 Productions

Disappeared (Season 9), Tina, Discovery Investigation (NBC Universal) 

Farmer’s National Bank TV commercial (Prodigal Company) 

Multiple roles in LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, Mamaí Theatre

                        Company/CSU AHA! Festival/Playhouse Square

Eunice in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Mamaí Theatre Company

Nike/LeBron James, TOGETHER Commercial

Publishing

"The Long Way Home" an essay in Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology 

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