My name is Christine, and I am a theater director, choreographer, and proud member of SDC. Although I've called New York City my home for the last fifteen years, you can often find me traipsing around the country to work on my next project. Over the years, I’ve grown to love this nomadic lifestyle and have learned so much while making art in, and for, so many different communities.

I’m particularly fond of developing fresh takes on musical theatre favorites. My goal is for each production to answer the vital question, "why now?" while still honoring the tradition from which it grew. For certain projects this may mean teaming up with a fellow director so I can focus on Musical Staging or Choreography. I am best known for the cinematic way I make bodies--and furniture--dance about the stage, and love having the time to capture a story's essence so we can  propel the narrative forward without delay. Along the way, I’ve been nominated for some awards, and have even won a few!

Increasingly, I find myself drawn to shepherding new material. I have directed and/or choreographed readings, workshops, and premieres; and approach each project and writing team with honesty, patience, and respect for the process. Last year I launched the one-woman show SING, BIBI, SING!: The Untold Tales of Bibi Osterwald (starring Osterwald's granddaughter, Elise Arndt) and am currently developing the new musical, DON'T CALL ME JOHN with Ben Moss, Chris Recker, and Tony Oblen.

Throughout my career I have had the great fortune of working with amazing mentors and creative partners. Jerry Mitchell, Diane Paulus, Karole Armitage, Jack Cummings, III and so many others have taken me under their wing and had a profound impact on my work. I am continuously grateful for the experience I have amassed as an assistant and love sharing what I have learned with the next generation. I am an Adjunct Professor at Marymount Manhattan College currently teaching Scene Into Song and Directing for Musical Theatre, which I piloted last Fall.

​I have a BS in Communications from Boston University and a MFA in Theatre (Directing Concentration) from Arizona State University. I look forward to coming to your neck of the woods soon!

SPECIALTIES

COLLABORATION

I am continuously inspired by  the magic that happens when I have a seed of an idea that a stage manager augments, a designer refines and an actor actualizes.

MUSICAL STAGING

I like to elevate crowd scenes by developing intricate travel patterns  and | or  "musical-izing"  pedestrian gestures to evoke tranquility, panic, heartbreak,  or even just a good-looking hustle bustle. 

GOOD 'OLE "5678"

Everyone loves a good dance break, but I am a fiend for researching how to make my choreography decade and locale specific, while still furthering the story.

BALLROOM WITH A TWIST

Whether you need a tango with two men or the pivotal waltz in  The Glass Menagerie, I will  adapt traditional ballroom styles to tell the right story for any production.

PUPPETRY

I am particularly drawn to puppetry that shows the audience its "strings" and creates an interesting relationship between puppet and puppeteer.

© 2019 by CHRISTINE O'GRADY