Christina Watanabe



Christina is a New York City based designer for theatre, dance, music, and events. Recent designs include: The Fairy Queen (Hofstra Opera), The Pool Plays (Flea), Arden/Everywhere (Baruch), Small World: a fantasia (59E59), Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement (Intar), Cobb (Penguin Rep), Daniel’s Husband (Primary Stages/Cherry Lane), I Will Look Forward To This Later (New Ohio), Mabel Madness and Unseamly (Urban Stages), Stealing Time (Gelsey Kirkland Ballet), Big Love, Machinal,and RENT (Post Theatre Company), Les Miserables (Bristol Valley Theatre). Her work has been seen at multiple venues in and around NYC including The Public Theatre (Under the Radar), The Bushwick Starr, Theatre for the New City, and The Living Theatre.

Christina has designed and mentored at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (The Tempest, MacbethViolet) and with the Yale Dramatic Association (A Midsummer Night's Dream). She is the lighting design lead for Ralph Lauren’s Madison Avenue windows. Christina has toured internationally with Shen Wei Dance Arts, domestically with Jonah Bokaer, and regionally with So Percussion. Christina also served as a lighting coordinator at Lincoln Center Festival (2013, 2015-17). She was a panelist for The League of Professional Theatre Women’s “A Discussion: Designers and Directors”. Visiting Arts Faculty: NYU Tisch. MFA: NYU Tisch. Member USA 829.

Christina is honored to have been chosen as a USITT Gateway Mentor at their 2018 conference.

An avid cyclist, Christina enjoys distance rides as well as city communiting. She travels, drinks tea, and loves horror films. Below are some of her favorite pictures taken while traveling.

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