Playwright, novelist, diarist, and literary mother of Jane Austen,
Frances "Fanny" Burney,
a Bluestocking gal
A woman having intellectual or literary interests. From The Bluestocking Society, a literary club formed in England in the 1750s.
After co-leading Mamaí Theatre Company for five seasons of award-winning productions, this co-founder and co-producing artistic director still does not want to wait to create. As a busy freelance actor, director, and teacher, I miss having an artistic home and so I am building Bluestocking Productions as a platform for my own creative work with the goal of eventually also producing the work of other collaborators. Theatre, film, classes...who knows what I might do next...
Christine McBurney, Artistic Director
“Emotionally astute...gripping...stellar...inventive...stalwart" is how critics describe Christine's directing. She is a member of the 2019-21 Stage Directors & Choreographers Society Foundation Observership Class, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab (NYC), Directors Lab West (LA), Directors Lab North (Toronto), and Cleveland Play House Directors Gym.
Christine was a co-founding, co-producing artistic director of the critically-acclaimed classical theatre company, Mamaí Theatre (2010-2017). In 2017, The Cleveland Critics' Circle honored Mamaí and her production of A DOLL’S HOUSE at Playhouse Square with two Superior Achievement Awards.
Her acting work (stage, film, and voice over) has been described as “delicious” and “wonderful.”
As an educator, Christine was named a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program’s Distinguished Teacher and a Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She has received grants and fellowships to study Shakespeare in performance at The Globe Theatre in London, the National Endowment for the Humanities’ National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare, and The Juilliard School.
Currently she is an adjunct faculty member at Baldwin Wallace University’s Department of Theatre & Dance. For 16 years prior, she taught theatre and film and served a stint as chair of Shaker Heights High School’s nationally-recognized and award-winning theatre arts department. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature and Writing from Columbia University and an MFA in Acting from Kent State University.
Christine continues her acting training with companies such as Shakespeare & Company, Bedlam, Red Bull, and The Houde School. Member AEA-EMC, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society. More information at www.christinemcburney.com