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. 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 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 am 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.
Up next in June, I’m running Good Things To Do with Rumble Theatre at FoldA. Available for listening now: I recently worked with an incredible team at Neworld Theatre and Aluna Theatre to create some audio explorations of my play Clean, with translation and adaptation by Paula Zelaya Cervantes, which is now available in English and Spanish; the recording and audio-play premiere of Someone Like You for the Arts Club Theatre Company is now out on Spotify and Apple Podcasts; I’m creating a land-based audio walk for the Caravan Farm Theatre; and working on a commission (tentatively titled Jo) for the Belfry Theatre. My company Delinquent Theatre is working towards the premiere of The Seventh Fire by Lisa C. Ravensbergen.
Born in Los Angeles to a Mexican-American father and a Dutch-British-Canadian mother, Christine is now a grateful visitor to the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people. Christine is an actor, playwright, and co-Artistic Producer of Delinquent Theatre. In these various capacities, she has worked with Tarragon Theatre, the Arts Club Theatre Company, Bard on the Beach, The Cultch, Neworld Theatre, Electric Company Theatre, Rumble Theatre, Boca Del Lupo, Zee Zee Theatre, Caravan Farm Theatre, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Pi Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Nightswimming Theatre, and Young People’s Theatre.
Christine received the 2017 Siminovitch Protege Prize for Playwriting from Marcus Youssef, and was the Urjo Kareda Emerging Artist Resident at Tarragon Theatre. Creation/performing highlights include Never The Last (co-created with Molly MacKinnon), produced by Delinquent Theatre, recipient of 5 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations including Outstanding Production and Outstanding New Script and winner of Significant Artistic Achievement; Selfie (commissioned by Théâtre la Seizième in French, and Young People’s Theatre in English, winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding TYA Play, the Sydney Risk Prize for Outstanding Script by an Emerging Playwright, and the Tom Hendry award for TYA); Good Things To Do (rEvolver Festival and FoldA); writing, producing and performing in Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical (winner of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical, Small Theatre). As an actor, Christine has recently played in Anywhere But Here (Electric Company Theatre), The Coyotes (Caravan Farm Theatre), Marine Life (Ruby Slippers Theatre), Yoga Play (Gateway Theatre), East Van Panto: The Wizard of Oz (Theatre Replacement and The Cultch). Christine is a proud co-founding member of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia.