Director 

“...emotionally astute...gripping...stellar...inventive...stalwart direction...”

Directors Lab Lincoln Center, NYC, 2019

Directors Lab North, Toronto, 2019

Directors Lab West, Los Angeles, 2018

A Doll's House

Mamaí Theatre Company

Playhouse Square, 2017

Telemann's Funeral Cantata, Apollo's Fire, 2019

Up Next...

  • The Moon in the Mirror, Cleveland Contemporary Players

  • The Bedroom Play by Mara Layne, Playwrights Local, Cleveland, OH

  • 2019-20 Member of SDC Foundation Observership Class

Reviews

A DOLL’S HOUSE

"...a standout production...not to be missed...brought to rousing life by the Mamai Theatre Company... under the emotionally astute direction of Christine McBurney.

~Andrea Simakis, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A smart and stirring turn under Christine McBurney’s fast-paced and quietly gripping direction. An iconic piece of theater not to be missed." ~ Bob Abelman, Cleveland Jewish News

THE WOMAN HATER

“Under Christine McBurney’s stalwart direction, all this makes absolute sense and unfolds with remarkable dexterity, speed and humor. In fact, “The Woman Hater” is thoroughly entertaining.” ~ Bob Abelman, Cleveland Jewish News

ARCADIA

Stellar staging... beautifully directed by Christine McBurney with particular attention given to the thread of frivolity that weaves its way through the script.” ~ Bob Abelman, Cleveland Jewish News

BOSTON MARRIAGE

“That this union [of Mamet and Wilde] is such a lustful, satisfying one — especially under the kinetic, knowing direction of Mamaí Theatre Company’s Christine McBurney.” ~Andrea Simakis, Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

 

 


 

The Woman Hater by Frances Burney (US Premiere)

Mamaí Theatre Company

Cleveland, OH   2016

Photo: Bob Perkoski

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

Mamaí Theatre Company

Cleveland, OH   2014

Photo: Bob Perkoski

Boston Marriage by David Mamet

Mamaí Theatre Company

Cleveland, OH   2013

Photo: Bob Perkoski

The Critique of the School for Wives

Baldwin Wallace University, 2019

Photo: Tom Shirilla

Romeo and Juliet

Rubber City Theatre, 2019

Photo: Hazen Tobar

Directing Resume

Artistic Leadership

Founding and Producing Co-Artistic Director, Mamaí Theatre Company, Cleveland, OH, 2010-17.

Led or co-lead artistic vision, season selection, administration, producing, directing, budgeting, fundraising, grant writing, hiring, marketing, public relations, education outreach. 

Artistic Vision

○ Balanced a budget that grew on an average of 40% per year as a 501(c)3 small, professional
theatre.
○ Winner of multiple critics’ awards during our 5 producing years.

 

Associate Artistic Director, Ecclesia Theatre, Painesville, OH, 1998-1999

Assisted Artistic Director, Leonard Pinna, in launching a theatre in residence at Lake Erie College. Responsibilities included assistant directing and marketing.

Directing

Entanglement by Les Hunter

Playwrights Local, Cleveland, OH

Tribunal by Les Milo Kessler

Playwrights Local, Cleveland, OH

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Adapted by Thornton Wilder

Mamaí Theatre Company, Playhouse Square, Cleveland, OH 2017

The Woman Hater (U.S. Premiere) By Frances Burney

Mamaí Theatre Company, Cleveland, OH  2016

The Humanities are Dead by Aaron David Barry

Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival

Dobama Theatre , Cleveland Heights, OH  2015

Okay by Maria White

Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival

Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Heights, OH 2014

Forbidden Fruit by William Gyurgyik

Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival

Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Heights, OH  2013

Arcadia By Tom Stoppard
Mamaí Theatre Company, Cleveland, OH  2014

Boston Marriage By David Mamet

Mamaí Theatre Company, Cleveland, OH  2013

It’s Still Ok to Celebrate  

Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival

Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Heights, OH  2002

Coming Here By John Gronbeck-Tedesco

New Plays Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH  1999

(Staged Reading)

Assistant Directing

Assistant Director, Brain Works, The Nine Network Public Media, St. Louis - Summer 2019​

BrainWorks

Assistant Director to Seth Gordon

The Nine Network Public Media, St. Louis, MO

The Nether by Jennifer Haley

Assistant Director to Shannon Sindelar

Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Hts, OH 2019

 

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Assistant to Daniel Fish
Great Lakes Theater , Cleveland, OH,  2000

As You Like It by William Shakespeare

Assistant Director to Leonard Pinna
Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH, 1999

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

Assistant Director to Tim Saukiavicus
Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH, 1998

The Illusion by Pierre Corneille

Adapted by Tony Kushner

Co-Director with Leonard Pinna
Lake Erie College, Painesville, OH, 1997

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Assistant Director to Leonard Pinna

Ecclesia Theatre, Painesville, OH, 1997

Keeping The Family Together by Gary Carsel

Assistant Director to Sharon Mazer
Quaigh Theatre, New York, NY,  1990

Ugly by Gary Carsel
Assistant Director to Sharon Mazer

Village Theatre. New York, NY, 1989

Achievement/Grants

Professional Affiliations

  • Actor’s Equity Association, Member Candidate

  • Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

  • Docherty Talent Agency

  • TCG Member

Education

Master of Fine Arts, Acting ( Voice concentration ), Kent State University
Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Comparative Literature ( Writing concentration ),Columbia University

Additional Training

  • Directing at Cleveland Play House: Laura Kepley, Robert Barry Fleming, Sarah Wansley, and Seth Gordon

  • The Juilliard School: One of 30 selected to participate in inaugural Directing Shakespeare for High School Educators, Lincoln Center, NYC

  • Bedlam/Red Bull Theatre: Classical Acting Weekend Intensive (Eric Tucker), NYC

  • The Globe Theatre, Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance London, UK

  • Shakespeare & Company: NYC Weekend Acting Intensive (Dennis Krausnick ); Rhetoric Workshop (Tina Packer & Dennis Krausnick ); Gender Workshop (Tina Packer), Devising Shakespeare (David Demke), Lenox, MA

  • Shakespeare & Company: One of 26 selected to participate in the National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare, Lenox & Northampton, MA

  • Shakespeare Workshop Production: Bob Smith, author of Hamlet’s Dresser , Kent, OH

  • Shakespeare: Hosted and participated in student Shakespeare workshops with Geoff Bullen, Course Supervisor, Shakespeare in Performance, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)/NYU Tisch , Shaker Heights, OH

  • Playwriting: Seth Gordon, Eric Coble, Sara Morton, Domenick Danza at Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, OH

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