Christina YR Jun is a Korean–American director, writer, and actor working in various mediums including fiction, documentary, and theatre. Born in Madrid, Christina immigrated to Maryland at the age of four where she pursued her very realistic childhood dreams of becoming a Kpop star. Because of this, her existential quest for identity runs deep and now advocates for marginalized voices in mainstream media through APA/female-driven stories.
As an actor, Christina has performed at Miami Theatre Center, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and Alfred Molina’s rep, The New American Theatre among others. She has also tackled very challenging roles in national commercials, such as “confused student opening a bank account” (Liberty Mutual), “girl dancing when no one’s watching” (Bose), and “manicurist freaking out over a celeb client” (VH1). She has also assistant directed at East West Players and Center Theatre Group in LA.
Christina later turned her sights to filmmaking, earning her MFA 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. (Yes, very la-di-da).
As a writer, Jun won SeriesFest's Women’s Writing Competition in 2020 garnering her a development deal with Kyra Sedgwick's production company, Big Swing Productions. Her pilot, JACKPOT won Roadmap’s Diversity Initiative in Oct 2019 as well as advance to the second round of the Sundance Episodic Labs and the semifinals for Wescreenplay’s Diverse Voices Competition in spring 2019. Her feature script, GYOPO was a semifinalist for the Academy Nicholl's Fellowship (2020), the Bluecat Screenplay Competition (2020), and The Script Lab (2020), and received five mentions on the Black List in 2020. It also placed top 50 for The Launch Pad (2021), as well as the quarterfinals for The Big Break (2020), and the finals for the Wescreenplay Diverse Voices (2018). Most recently, GYOPO was an official selection on The Red List 2021 (top 1% on Coverfly).
As a director, her films have screened in multiple film festivals including Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Short Film Showcase, and CAAMFest. Most recently, Christina directed a comedic film titled HAPPY ENDING in Shanghai and co-directed SAMIR, a feature film, which premiered at Heartland International Film Festival.
Christina is currently in pre-production for B-SIDE: FOR TAYLOR, her first feature film to auteur. It is set to film in the summer of 2021.