Christine M. Stevens

After graduating from the University of CA, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Dramatic Art in 1983, I jumped on a Greyhound and headed East to New York City with dreams of a theatrical life. Discovering I lacked both the ambition and the thick skin necessary for such a life, I nevertheless fell in with a lovely group of like minded souls with whom I have been in orbit ever since, making theater, children and some really good meals.

 

After five-years in New York (with summers spent performing at the Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard) I moved to western MA where I  co-founded Hampshire Shakespeare Co.,  dedicated to performing in outdoor venues and producing the work of local playwrights. I was lucky to play Dromio of Ephesus, Trinculo, Helena, Beatrice, Kate and a few others. 

 

I founded and taught Children’s Theater Workshops, using improv techniques to create original plays and adapted stories with children and teens.

 

I taught the Alexander Technique (look it up, it can change your life) privately and as a faculty member of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program for Actors and Directors for over 15 years. Additionally, I was a guest lecturer in theater at both Marlboro College and UMass Amherst.

 

I was a founding member of DramaWorks Interactive, a consulting firm that uses theater to help organizations overcome barriers to change and address communication issues through the enactment of their stories. 

Currently, I am a Theater Teacher in a middle school where I facilitate students transforming stories into plays. Or at least I used to.  We’ll see what the Covid-19 school of the future looks like.

 

I’m a member of TheatreTruck, a collective that creates site specific theater pieces using found objects from historical records to tell stories that allow us to understand the past and illuminate the present. 

 

I’ve performed and taught improv for over 30 years.  

 

My right arm, specifically my elbow and my hand, washing a window, appear behind Tobey Maguire in one scene in The Cider House Rules. For that performance, I am actually listed in the credits as Florence. Recently, I received a residual check for $8.64. Not bad for elbow work. 

 

I’m in the process of writing a book about female aging using literary parody as the vehicle to explore the many aspects of that experience.

This Web site was designed by my sister Lisa Mary Stevens (yes, really, that's her middle name too) whose patience, creativity and good humor have graced my life from the start. Except for that time when she shoved a lollipop stick up my nose while I was practicing the piano. 

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