"Like many actors of color, I began writing because I wasn’t seeing stories about people who looked like me on stage or screen. I never imagined that I would fall so completely in love with it, but all these years later, I cannot fathom my creative life without writing being in it. Being a generative artist as well as an interpretive artist presents the best of all creative worlds to me."
For theatre, Christine’s first play, THE NEW DEAL, was the inaugural play to be developed in Charles Randolph-Wright’s "Different Voices" program at the Roundabout Theatre Company in NYC and subsequently developed through Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Going to the River Playwriting Unit. Other plays and musicals include THE SECRET WISDOM OF TREES (featured in Applause Books’ LATER CHAPTERS Anthology, developed in residence at The Barrow Group Theatre Company), TILL SOON, ANNE (book and lyrics with composer Bobby Cronin, developed in residencies at the O’Neill Theater Center), BARCELONA (libretto and lyrics with composer/lyricist Jason Ma, developed at residencies at the Weston Playhouse, CAP 21 and as part of Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals), GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT (starring GRIMM’s Reggie Lee and Bree Turner), TRUTH AGAINST THE WORLD: THE TRIALS OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT (developed in a residency at the O’Neill Theater Center, world premiere at the Kennedy/McIlwee Studio Theatre in Raleigh, NC), DIARY OF A DOMESTIC GODDESS (with Kevin Duda), MY BOYFRIEND IS AN ALIEN (AND I’M OKAY WITH THAT) (book & lyrics, with composer Bobby Cronin, commissioned and produced by Prospect Theater Company), PAPER SON (Diverse City Theatre Company, Queens Theatre in the Park, part of the “Multi-cultural Drama” curriculum at the University of Michigan/Flint and the “Playwriting” curriculum at Wesleyan University), INTERNAL BLEEDING (Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, ReImagined World Entertainment’s 2011 workshop starring Daryl “Chill” Mitchell,
Crossroads Theatre Company), “EVER SEE A FAT CHINESE?” (New Perspectives Theatre Company), ADVENTURES OF A FAUX DESIGNER HANDBAG (Leviathan Lab, part of the “Playwriting” curriculum at Wesleyan University), HALO HALO BIRTHDAY (Leviathan Lab), PEACE PLAZA (Leviathan Lab), WELCOME TO TELEVISION (Barrow Group Theatre Company), TANFORAN (Barrow Group Theatre Company), EMPRESS MEI LI LOTUS BLOSSOM (commissioned by Gorilla Repertory Theatre), DO THESE GENES MAKE ME LOOK FAT? (A-Squared Productions) and EXPRESSION OF REGRET (365 Women a Year Playwriting Project).
Screenplays include NO WAVE WITHOUT WIND (with Charles Randolph-Wright), JUMPING THE THIRD RAIL (winner, 2016 Meryl Streep/IRIS Writers Lab Fellowship, now titled LOOK UP), WINNING NEW YORK (Screenplay and lyrics with composer Bobby Cronin, produced by New York Film Academy), FOOD LIKE LOVE (screenplay and lyrics with composer Bobby Cronin, produced by New York Film Academy), AMERICAN DREAMIN’ (screenplay, produced by New York Film Academy) and OLD, FAT & UGLY. An anthology of her work was inducted into the Library of Congress Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection in 2010. She is an alumna of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and the founder of The Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project.