Christina Watanabe

Christina Watanabe

Christina is a New York City based designer for theatre, dance, music, and events. Recent: Guys and Dolls (Virginia Stage Company), As You Like It (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), pathetic (Minor Theatre), The Wild Party (Post Theatre Company), Peer Gynt (Barnard), Heartbreak House (Gingold Theatrical Group), A Christmas Carol (FL Rep), Into the Woods (Charlottesville Opera), The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Weir, Fireflies, and Private Lives (White Heron Theatre Company), Scissoring (INTAR), Dido of Idaho (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Small World: a fantasia (59E59), Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement (INTAR), Daniel’s Husband (Primary Stages/Cherry Lane), I Will Look Forward To This Later (New Ohio). TV: Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State (CNN). 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, Macbeth, Violet) 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 , 2019, and 2020 conferences.

An avid cyclist, Christina enjoys distance rides as well as city commuting. She travels, drinks tea, and loves horror films. photo credit: Jeffrey Lee

photograph of Christina Watanabe