My name is Christine (she/her), and I’m a theatre person living on the stolen, unsurrendered territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people. My dad was Mexican-American, born in El Paso Texas, and my mom is a Dutch-British settler born in Edmonton, Alberta. I was born on Tongva land (Los Angeles), and I grew up in East Van seeing every show I could at The Cultch and the Vancouver Playhouse – I am now grateful to be employed acting, writing, and otherwise making theatre things happen on stages and spaces in my neighbourhood and across Canada. I’m inspired by artists and stories that look at our most uncomfortable contradictions through a lens of compassion, humour, and beauty. My plays explore memory, relationships, grief, and love. I have a special interest in capturing the vitality and complicated realities of my East Van neighborhood, Commercial Drive. I’m also busily engaged with many incredible change-makers in our community who are working to shift the balance of power in the Canadian scene – advocacy and community engagement is inseparable from my art practice.
I’ve just stepped into the role of Interim Artistic Director of Neworld Theatre, filling in for my colleague Chelsea Haberlin who is on maternity leave. On stage right now: the German translation of Selfie premiered with GRIPS Theatre in Berlin in January 2022, and a second German production will be happening in Aachen. My land-based audio walk for the Caravan Farm Theatre is running right now.
Coming up next season: Espejos: Clean with translation and adaptation by Paula Zelaya Cervantes will have a co-production between Syracuse Stage and Hartford Stage, directed by Melissa Crespo. Never The Last, co-created with Molly MacKinnon will be part of Theatre Passe Muraille’s 2022/2024 season. My company Delinquent Theatre is working towards the January 2023 premiere of The Seventh Fire by Lisa C. Ravensbergen, on which I am a collaborating dramaturg. In development: Someone Like You with the Arts Club Theatre Company, and El Terremoto with Tarragon Theatre.