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Christina Traister
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Christina Traister HeadshotAssociate Professor
Acting and Movement

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Prior to relocating back to her home state of Michigan, Christina was a San Francisco based actor for twelve years. She has professionally acted at such theatres as the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The American Shakespeare Collective (TASC), San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Carmel Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare at Stinson, Center Repertory Company, and BoarsHead Theatre; she also enjoyed a 6 month stint in Taiwan as a stunt performer.

Some of Shakespeare’s famous ladies that she has been fortunate enough to portray include Juliet, Ophelia, Desdemona, Hermia, Beatrice, Adriana, Bianca, Lavinia, Silvia, Phebe, Jessica, and Mistress Ford. A few other favorite roles have been Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, Louka in Arms and the Man, Ismene in Antigone, Leontine in The Triumph of Love, and Cinderella.  She also portrayed Prospera last season in the MSU Department of Theatre's production of The Tempest.

Additional teaching and professional fight directing venues include the American Conservatory Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The American Shakespeare Collective (TASC), Shakespeare Santa Cruz, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Purple Rose Theatre Company, Williamston Theatre, BoarsHead Theatre, Stormfield Theatre, North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Michigan, University of San Diego, University of California-Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Hillsdale College and Adrian College. She has also taught stage combat courses at numerous conferences, both internationally and nationally.

Christina is also an internationally known audiobook narrator, having recorded nearly 200 titles for such companies as Brilliance Audio (Amazon), Macmillan Publishers (Audible), Podium Publishing (Audible), Common Mode (Harlequin Audio & Harper Collins), Harper Audio (Harper Collins), and Talking Book (Coffee House Press).

She holds an MFA in Acting from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and a BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan. She is a Certified Teacher and one of four female Fight Directors with the SAFD (Society of American Fight Directors) and is currently the Head Coordinator for the organization’s National Stage Combat Workshop.  She is also a member of AEA (Actor’s Equity Association), AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), and VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association).