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about stina

Christina is a Korean–American director, writer and actor working in a variety of mediums including fiction, documentaries, theatre and music video. Born in Madrid, Christina immigrated to Maryland with her family at the age of four where she spent her childhood pursuing her very realistic dreams of becoming a Kpop star. Because of this, her existential quest for identity runs deep and is now dedicated to advocating for marginalized voices in mainstream media through her stories.

After giving her Korean mother a heart attack by earning a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she decided to give her a quadruple bypass by moving to NYC to become a theatre actor. She spent the following years performing with other nomads at various companies including the Miami Theatre Center, the Goodman Theatre and Alfred Molina’s rep, The New American Theatre. She also tackled very challenging roles in a number of national commercials, such as “the confused college student opening a bank account” (Liberty Mutual), “the girl dancing in her closet when no one’s watching” (Bose), and “the manicurist freaking out over a celeb client” (VH1). 

After years of witnessing the lack of depth and diversity in Asian-American stories being told in mainstream media, Christina turned her sights to filmmaking. She then earned her MFA in directing and screenwriting from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she spent the equivalent of six brand new Toyota Camry’s in tuition money. She also supplemented her studies in theatre directing at the Yale School of Drama’s directing lab (but mostly so her mother can heal and tell her friends that her daughter attended an Ivy League). She now dedicates her time creating authentic human stories told through the Asian-American and female experience.  

(Humble brag warning): Most notably, her films have been screened and awarded at multiple film festivals including the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Short Film Showcase, Geena Davis' Bentonville Film Festival, Heartland International Film Festival, and CAAMFest. Most recently, Christina co-directed “Samir,” a feature film funded and distributed by Warner Bros Studios. She also directed “Happy Ending,” a film in Shanghai where she spent weeks learning the Mandarin phrase, “I’m sorry, I am Korean-American. Please stop yelling at me in Mandarin.” Christina is currently developing a feature film - her first to auteur - and will be directing a documentary following a theatre rehabilitation program in a men’s maximum prison.

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