Christine McBurney, Artistic Director

Christine is a multi-hyphenate who tells stories. She 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.

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 coaches online and is a faculty member at Cleveland State University's Film & Media Arts Department, Baldwin Wallace University’s Department of Theatre & Dance, and The Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School. For 16 years 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 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.


As a freelance writer she has published features, essays, and reviews in The Cleveland Plain Dealer,, Belt, FreshWater Cleveland, InTheater Magazine, Northern Ohio Live, OnStage Blog, CWRU, and others.


She holds a BA in Comparative Literature and Writing from Columbia University and an MFA in Acting from Kent State University.


Christine is a busy freelance director and continues her acting training with companies such as Shakespeare & Company, Bedlam, Red Bull, and The Houde School. She is represented by Dream Maker Talent Management, Docherty Talent, and Heyman Talent. Member AEA-EMC and Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.


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“Thoughtful, fun, phenomenal, positive, and life-changing is how students describe Christine's coaching. "Emotionally astute, gripping, stellar, inventive, and stalwart" is how critics describe Christine's directing. "Delicious and wonderful” is how critics describe her performances.