Christina Jensen, Stage Director, Dramaturge, and Playwright, thrives on the multifaceted challenges of telling stories. She explores the struggle between the emotional aspect of theatre and the cold logic of drama. Balancing these two opposing sides, as a director, she crafts beautiful and believable theatrical experiences.
She strives to connect with every member of her audience and cast. She creates conceptional productions that encourage new audience members to appreciate live performance, while at the same time adding details to productions that intellectually stimulate those familiar with the art form. Staying true to the original source material is one of Christina’s goals when approaching a new project. In this manner, she brings a new voice to the production history while staying true to her dramaturgical roots.
Mrs. Jensen earned her M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. While there she learned from world-renowned directors and worked with professional and student actors. She participated in several world premieres of new works as well as new productions of classic literature. During her study abroad in Moscow, she not only gained familiarity with the Russian language and culture, but also gained an appreciation for the creative soul of Moscow.
Mrs. Jensen has directed throughout Southern California. She has been a guest director for the University of California, Riverside; the Resident Stage Director of Redlands Opera Theatre; Stage Director for Independent Opera Company; and Stage Director/Playwright for FCC Players. Her directorial credits include Carmen, Gianni Schicchi, Faust, Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, HMS Pinafore, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Così Fan Tutte, Aleko, Pygmalion, The Tempest, and The Secret Garden.
She also has written the book for several original musical revues for FCC Players: Apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan and Murder in Four Courses. Apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan is a four-part play, tracking the zany footsteps of a small Gilbert and Sullivan troupe over the English countryside. The first two parts have already been produced. The third part is due to go up in the Summer of 2019! Murder in Four Courses is a murder mystery dinner theatrical. Using music from musical theatre, opera, and popular culture, a group of waiters/waitresses attempt to make it through the grand opening of “Four Courses” restaurant without being killed. This hilarious romp will be performed at the end of 2019!