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Christina Kirk , M.F.A.

Christina Kirk

Professor , Department Chair
Department of
Theatre and Dance

p/ 614.823.1208
e/ CKirk@otterbein.edu
Office: Cowan Hall Theatre Office 01A


  • MFA, Directing, Columbia University in the City of New York, 1989
  • BFA, Acting, University of Illinois, Champaigne-Urbana, 1985

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Research: Scholarship of Performance
  • Teaching: Acting 
  • Teaching: Acting Shakespeare
  • Teaching: Directing
  • Teaching: Voice:  Linklater/Fitzmaurice
  • Certified Yoga Instructor:  Hatha/Vinyasa


  • Kirk, John W, Ralph A. Bellas, Christina Kirk. The Art of Directing. New Edition. Xlibris Corporation. 2004.

Affiliations & Awards

  • Greater Columbus Arts Council Artistic Excellence Award to Columbus Dance Theatre for production of Claudel (performed title role)
  • Nominated for Greater Columbus Arts Council Artistic Excellence Award for Columbus Dance Theatre's production of Cleopatra (performed title role)
  • Joseph Jefferson award for the production of Shozo Sato's Kabuki Medea (ensemble member)
  • Numerous best production and best performance awards from the Columbus Critics Association.

Personal Biography

Christina Kirk is Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance where she has taught since 1992.  Her directing credits include The Living Theatre, New Dramatists, assisting Liviu Ciulei at Arena Stage and numerous productions for Otterbein University Theatre and Otterbein Summer Theatre, among them Caucasian Chalk Circle, Richard III, 39 Steps, Sweet Charity and Nine.  She has performed at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, the Illinois Repertory Theatre, CATCO (Contemporary American Theatre Company), Otterbein University Theatre, Otterbein Summer Theatre and in the Joseph Jefferson award winning Kabuki Medea, directed by Shozo Sato.  Favorite roles at CATCO include "B" in Three Tall Women and Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest.  Favorite roles at Otterbein include Violet in August Osage Country and the title role in Medea.  She performed the title roles of Claudel and Cleopatra at Columbus Dance Theatre.  The production of Claudel received the Greater Columbus Arts Council Artistic Excellence Award and Cleopatra was nominated for this same award.  Her one woman show, Conversations with Judith Malina, which premiered at Columbus Dance Theatre, was featured in the March 2006 Theatre Journal.  Kirk has an M.F.A. in Directing from Columbia University in the city of New York and a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.  She is also a certified yoga instructor.

/ Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is located in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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