POETRY & PROSE

POETRY & PROSE

 
 
 

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?”

–Hillel the Elder

 

Your voice is yours alone. Through one-on-one writing consultations, we’ll hone in on what makes your vision singular and lead you toward a piece of writing that sings you brightly from the page.

 

Here’s what we offer:

 

College & Graduate School Essay Development

  • Includes three one-on-one meetings (Approximately 1 hour each)

  • First meeting:  Basics of personal essay writing, discussion of goals and schools of interest followed by an initial brainstorming session

  • Second meeting: Review draft essay and discuss how to finesse and move toward the next draft

  • Third meeting: Polish and shine, i.e. a final feedback session with a focus on finishing touches, including grammar, spelling, and punctuation, as well as proper word count

  • $375 flat rate

  • Optional addition of secondary essay review for specific applications (rate to be discussed)

Cover Letter & Personal Statement Quick Review

  • One-on-one consultation reviewing background, resume, and specific target application(s) plus drafting session

  • $60/hour 

  • Optional addition of resumé review (rate to be discussed)

Private Script Consultation

  • Includes three one-on-one meetings

  • First meeting: Discussion of your current work and goals, followed by submission of a full-length play, teleplay, screenplay, or work in progress for review (Approximately 30 minutes)

  • Second meeting: Dramaturgical feedback session within 2 weeks after project submission (Approximately 1.5 hours long)

  • Third meeting: Review revisions, discuss future goals for the project, and possible submission opportunities (Approximately 1 hour long)

  • $475 flat rate

Your project doesn't fit within these categories? Let's talk about the possibilities.

 

Live outside of New York City? Let's organize a Skype or Google Hangout consultation. 

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Reviews

On Graduate School and Personal Statements: 

"CQ truly has a gift with the art of language. She helped me put into words the thoughts and feelings I wanted to convey in my personal statement, which immensely helped me pursue my nursing career." –Sadora Guillaume, RN

"CQ was thoughtful and kind when assisting me in creating a statement of purpose for a psychology graduate program. Her feedback helped me create a statement that was both professional and creative. Her natural ability to connect with others allows her to understand what you are trying to communicate and through a collaborative approach, the writing takes shape." 

—Bethany Sala, MA, MFTI 

"Christina has a keen understanding of what an artist wants to say and consistently guides me in the right direction. She has always been patient with me when working together on fellowship, graduate school, and residency application statements. Her notes are considerate and direct. I can thank her for every program I’ve been admitted to.” —Rebecca Cunningham, Theatre Artist

On Script Consultation: 

"I'm grateful for meeting Christina. It was a relief to finally get an expert's feedback that was clear and useful. She helped me realize the concrete steps I needed to take to revise my play which I wasn't able to discern on my own. She is also very supportive and encouraging, which made the consultation such a positive process!" –Sohyun Kim

“Working with Christina was one of the best choices I made while working on the biggest script of my academic career. The way she can guided my writing, while giving grounded and practical advice, truly allowed me to find my voice, and get my work done.” –Gregory Noel 

"With very little experience on my part, Christina helped me with the overall grammar and flow of the play. She also gave me incredibly useful feedback regarding resources and organizations I could approach to help me develop my play. Friendly, professional and easy to work with; an overall positive experience!" –Gina Super 

On Other Projects: 

"Christina is a joy to work with both on and off the page. I utilized her services this past summer as I was drafting a complex speech for a public event. Christina helped me convey my message clearly and effectively. Over multiple drafts she helped me polish my text into a genuine and compelling address. Because of her skills, I spent my evening fielding numerous compliments on the structure, substance, and style of my talk." —Jessica Sederquist 

Contact

Email Christina Quintana (CQ) at cq@cquintana.com to get started with your consultation

Christina Quintana is a former writing consultant at Grace Church High School with 10 years' experience in philanthropy and arts administration. Her plays and musicals have been developed and produced across the country and she holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts. For more about her creative work, please see the "about" section of this website. 

ABOUT

 
 
 
 
 

NEWS & EVENTS

January 01, 2020

This lyric essay traces the route from daughter to caretaker through the lens of rituals old and new with a keen eye on the act of flying a kite for my father on our final vacation before his passing. Thanks to P.S. I Love You via Medium for publication. 

January 01, 2020

Check out this recent interview by Cecelia Morrow with playwright and poet Christina Quintana (CQ) on Art Waves for WKCR-FM. 

January 01, 2020

"I’m a queer woman and while visiting my in-laws in rural Michigan, I was denied service in two different barbershops. While certainly it’s own brand of bullshit, the situation echoes the Oregon wedding cake dispute recently put on hold by the Supreme Court. I’ve been encouraged to submit my complaint to the ACLU, but my first response was to write this satirical take on the Three Little Pigs." 

GENDERLESS PLAY EXPERIMENT excerpt in MeetCute: The Third One!

January 01, 2020

Monday, August 19th 8-11pm at the Broadwater (Studio) Theater in Los Angeles.


MEETCUTE introduces playwrights and directors and brings them together to stage a short play. All of the writer and director pairs work together for the first time to celebrate our growing Los Angeles theater community. Come for the plays and stay for drinks at the Broadwater Plunge after.  Join us for the August edition! 

- Hard Palette by Roger Q. Mason directed by Carly D. Weckstein
- The Genderless Play Experiment by Christina Quintana (CQ) directed by Hannah Wolf
- Catch a Fly by Amanda Black directed by Susan Patterson Dalian
- Gershwin's Last Ride by Ryan Stevens directed by Lee Hannah Conrads
- Our First Honest Conversation by Christine Hamilton-Schmidt directed by Victoria Pearlman
- Carry the Zero by Christopher Sullivan directed by Shaina Rosenthal

January 01, 2020

How gendered is letting someone or something go? "Genderfication" is an invented concept exploring the collision of gender and gentrification, i.e. a western colonization of gender roles and the valiant efforts by the queer community to resist erasure and advocate for a full spectrum of experience. The first lyric essay in the series relates my experience as a lesbian and gender-non conforming artist ending an emotionally abusive six-year collaboration with a cis male composer on a new musical. The intricacies of the relationship are complicated by the loss of my father, who suffered from mental illness, which parallels my former collaborator's own disorders. You can read the first part here. 

January 01, 2020

UPDATE: Listen to the full piece: OH, THIS IS SUCCESS! recorded by The Civilians here, featuring Varín Ayala, Onyie Nwachukwu, Elise Santora & Lauren Villegas.

This week (July 24-July 27) check out The Civilians' final Lobby Project @ New York City Center: "OH, THIS IS SUCCESS!" with text magic by Matt Barbot (plus CQ), featuring songs by the ever-brilliant Aya AzizJacob BrandtJaime Lozano, and Michelle J. Rodriguez directed by Ilana Becker and performed by Varín AyalaOnyie Vivian NwachukwuElise Santora, and Lauren Villegas. It's super rad to hear what happens when you/others interview a bunch of people and make a 20 minute verbatim musical on legacy and longing, success and regret. FREE for Encores! ticket holders one hour before ROAD SHOW!

Featured in Poetry/Cabaret PROUD June 8th at Green Room 42

January 01, 2020

The coffeehouse meets the cabaret in "Poetry/Cabaret: PROUDat The Green Room 42. on June 8, at 8:45 pm. Join curator and host Thomas March (Aftermath) and a cast of poets, comedians, and singers as they celebrate Pride month-and explore all of the reasons we have to be PROUD. "Poetry/Cabaret" is a quarterly variety show that brings together poets and performers in an evening of wild variations on a theme. Buy tickets here or at the box office prior to the show. 

EMO FRU REBEL REBEL on June 11th at Caveat

January 01, 2020

REBEL REBEL is a live performance of poetry written by some of New York's hottest poets and performed on stage by a cast of film and stage actors. Celebrate Pride with a night of electrifying poems that bring to life revolutionary lives and radical love. Directed by Thomas Dooley and featuring poems by Geer Austin, Juan Luis Guzman, Aimee Herman, Marjorie Lipari, Cynthia Manick, Francisco Marquez, Max McDonough, Ansley Moon, Sarah Sala, Jason Schneiderman, Christina Quintana, and Monica Wendel. Performed by a cast of stage and film actors.
 

Doors 6:30 PM, show 7:00 PM. // Tickets $15 in advance, $15 at the door.

January 01, 2020

Six plays that explore the place of technology in society have been named to the shortlist of the 2019 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Playwriting Award. From a social media mystery to a cozy companionship between a woman and her phone, each play explores what it means to be a human in a computerized world. The award winner will receive a $5,000 honorarium as well as assistance with the play’s development in the form of a reading with VoxFest at Dartmouth College in July of 2019 and a second staged reading at the New Works Now Festival at Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT, during the 2019/2020 season.

January 01, 2020

I had the pleasure of sitting down with poet/writer Aimee Herman and discussing her debut novel, Everything Grows, an epistolary exploration of finding community and coming out in the early nineties. The novel is now available from Three Rooms Press.

January 01, 2020

Performances May 10-12 at the St. Germain at Barrington Stages in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

AMERICAN UNDERGROUND* 

by Brent Askari, directed by Julianne Boyd.

CITIZEN SCIENTIST* 

by Christina Quintana, directed by Arpita Mukherjee.

GRANT & TWAIN 

by Elizabeth Diggs.

*Denotes Burman New Play Award winners

TICKET PRICES:

$15 per reading, $30 for all three* 

General Admission.

January 01, 2020

Check out the ten finalists for New Rivers Press's Many Voices Project in Prose 2018 including my hybrid novella, A Slip of Moon

Trevor Boffone's Spectrum South Feature on AZUL

January 01, 2020

Boffone, creator of the 50 Playwrights Project, which champions Latinx playwrights, speaks to the world premiere of AZUL at Southern Rep, intersectionality, and the lack of significant Latinx representation in the theatre community in New Orleans, and the south more generally, in this feature for Spectrum South.

Don't miss the world premiere run of AZUL at Southern Rep March 27-April 14

January 01, 2020

Directed by Estefanía Fadul and featuring: Sol Crespo, Zuleyma Guevara, and Cristina H. Rivas plus music by Sarah Quintana. Get $10 off tickets for the run of the show with code "CQ" at checkout! 

January 01, 2020

This month SCISSORING is officially released by Dramatists Play Service and we want to celebrate its publication with a gathering and small series of readings from the play. Join us for a spirited celebration!

 

Copies of Scissoring will soon be available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

January 01, 2020

Southern Rep Theatre is partnering with SAS this year to present the world premiere of New Orleans native playwright Christina Quintana’s evocative new play Azul, directed by Estefanía Fadul. The show runs March 27 – April 14, 2019. 


Facing the loss of her Cuban-born mother, Zelia digs into her legacy and learns of her great-aunt who remained in Cuba for the love of another woman. Echoes of the past inform Zelia’s own relationship with her wife and her struggle to place herself between worlds.

Public on-sale date is Tuesday, February 19 (not included in Weekend Pass)

January 01, 2020

Barrington Stage Company has announced Stacey Rose’s America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro as the winner of the first Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award. Rose will receive $25,000 and her play, selected from among almost 500 submissions, will be produced as a world premiere at Barrington Stage.

The second place winners, Brent Askari and Christina Quintana, will each receive $5,000 and a developmental staged reading of their respective plays, American Underground and Citizen Scientist.

Emotive Fruition: HEARTBREAKER/VERSEMAKER FEB 12!

January 01, 2020

HEARTBREAKER / VERSE MAKER is a live performance of poetry written by some of New York's hottest poets and performed on stage by a cast of film and stage actors. This Valentine's Day, snuggle up with some fiery poems about modern love that will surely get your heart going. 

Performed by a cast of film and stage actors. Please note this is a mixed seated and standing venue. Please arrive early for the best seats.

Tuesday, February 12th 

Doors: 6:30pm / Show: 7:00pm / Tickets: $15  / 21+
 

January 01, 2020

Thrilled to announce that SCISSORING will be available for licensing starting February 4, 2019. What an honor to have my first full-length play publication released by Dramatists Play Service, the same company responsible for publishing the work of heroes like Paula Vogel, Melinda Lopez, Tony Kushner, and more. Apply for rights to produce SCISSORING in your hometown, or find out more information here today! More info to come about a launch party at the Bureau of General Services--Queer Division on Saturday, February 23rd at 7:30pm.

January 01, 2020

By Christina Quintana
Music by Michelle J. Rodriguez
Directed by Rebecca Cunningham

December 27, 3018 through January 20, 2019 at Kaleideum North

Join Máximo, inspired by gatito Mandito y las hermanas del alma, as he discovers the rhythms of life and spreads the sound. La música está en todas partes!

 
Recommended for ages 0-3 | approx. 30 min.

January 01, 2020

The brainchild of Aaron Carter, The Mix was developed by Aaron and Polly Hubbard, Director of New Play Development at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The list of plays was generated by and for the collective wisdom of professionals in the field; by publishing this list as a resource, we hope to encourage theaters to produce these plays. The Mix was made possible by the generous support of The Joyce Foundation, Time Warner Foundation, and The Davee Foundation.

January 01, 2020

The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire has awarded 87 artists from six countries fellowships for fall and early winter residencies. The recipients work in seven disciplines, and 67 members of the incoming cohort are first-time fellows.

These fellowships, each with an average value of $10,000, were selected from a pool of 642 applicants by a panel of arts professionals based on their work samples and project descriptions. Among the incoming fellows are Grammy-nominated composer Anthony Wilson, Emmy-award winner Jane Alexander, and visual artists Itty Neuhaus and Isidro Blasco.

Announcing Membership in the 2018-2020 WP Lab!

January 01, 2020

WP Theater has unveiled its next class of Lab residents, 15 playwrights, directors, and producers who will take part in the 2018–2020 WP Lab, a two-year residency at the award-winning theatre. The incoming Lab members will begin their residencies in August and their works will be presented at the biennial WP Pipeline Festival in 2020.

 

The 2018–2020 playwrights are: Eboni Booth, a Juilliard playwriting fellow who is also an actor and was recently seen Off-Broadway in Dance Nation; Vanessa Garcia, a multi-disciplinary writer and author of White Light; Christina Quintana (CQ), whose play Scissoring was recently seen Off-Broadway; playwright, performer, and educator Charly Evon Simpson (Jump, Behind the Sheet); and Bryna Turner, whose play Bull in a China Shop recently premiered at LCT3.

AZUL featured in San Diego Rep - Amigos del Rep Festival in August!

January 01, 2020

San Diego Repertory Theatre and Amigos del REP announced today the lineup for The Second Annual Latinx New Play Festival at the Lyceum Space Theatre, August 3-5, 2018. Amigos del REP is a theatre advocacy council of community members and artists who promote Hispanic/Latino/Chicano theatre at San Diego REP. The Latinx New Play Festival is a celebration of engaging, dynamic and enlightening new plays by Latinx playwrights from across the United States. Submissions were accepted from Latinx playwrights representing an array of genres, styles and experiences highlighted by both emerging and veteran playwrights.

World Premiere of SCISSORING at INTAR this June 2018!

January 01, 2020

INTAR (Lou Moreno, Artistic Director/John McCormack, Executive Director) today announced the World Premiere of SCISSORING, a new play by Christina Quintana, directed by Estefanía Fadul. SCISSORING will star Ryan Vincent Anderson (We Live Here - EST); Kim Brockington ("Guiding Light," School of Rock, upcoming: lead in "Asunder," USA Network); Vanessa Butler (2017 Connecticut Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Actress in a Play for Queens for a Year, Hartford Stage); Ally Carey(Macbeth -NY Classical Theatre), Marie Louise Guinier (ABC's "What Would You Do?," Most Dangerous Man in America - NFT); Ashley Marie Ortiz (INTAR Unit 52); and Elise Santora (Reba in "Orange Is The New Black," Broadway: In The Heights, The Capeman).

Performances will begin May 31st for a limited Off-Broadway engagement through June 30th. Opening Night is set for June 11th. Performances will be at INTAR's Theatre, 500 West 52nd Street at Tenth Avenue, on the 4th floor. Tickets are only $35, and may be purchased at www.intartheatre.org or by calling 212/352-3101 or toll free, 866/811-4111.

Southern Rep Announces 2018-19 Season Including World Premiere of AZUL

January 01, 2020

Thrilled to announce this world premiere in my hometown (March 27-April 14, 2019). AZUL is about a New Yorker named Zelia who deals with grief and makes new discoveries about her legacy after her Cuban-born mother dies. This play is a project of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, in partnership with the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival. Estefanía Fadul will direct.

This season’s productions will be performed at their new permanent location in the former St. Rose de Lima Church building on Bayou Road, which is part of the Rose Collaborative development project in New Orleans.

Two free readings of AZUL in Playwrights Realm INK'D FESTIVAL on April 16th

January 01, 2020

Monday, April 16th @ 3:00pm & 7:00pm

The Loft at Theater 511 (511 West 54th Street)


Directed by Logan Vaughn

At age nine, Yadra left Castro’s Cuba. Now, as Alzheimer’s sets in, her mind returns to that time and place, and family secrets are unearthed for her American-born daughter, Zelia. With her wife, Zelia embarks on a journey to try to understand the love that led her mother’s beloved tia-abuela to stay behind—and to better understand herself. Spanning two countries and three generations, Azul fuses music and memory to ask: what is the true language of love?

MR. SAN MAN featured in Lark Studio Retreat this March 26th and 27th!

January 01, 2020

Reserve your seats today for March 26th and/or 27th for two FREE readings of MR. SAN MAN, directed by TJ Weaver and featuring the talents of Paola Lazaro, Shawn Randall, Monique Robinson, and Donnie Cianciotto. 

A devoted Latinx sanitation worker grapples with the decision to transition and faces the end of their relationship with their live-in girlfriend. All the while, the “epitome of trans* masculinity” provides comfort and chaos in dream and song. Mr. San Man is an exploration of gender and love, at home and in the workplace. What roles do we play in the lives of our friends, colleagues, and loved ones, and how and when do they surprise us—for better and worse?

CITIZEN SCIENTIST in EST/Sloan First Light Festival February 12th at 7pm

January 01, 2020

The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project is an initiative designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge the existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination.

In Citizen Scientist, Kian, an actuary, and Neema, an astronomer, meet exploring the starfield for exoplanets and battling their recent losses. Together, they discover the planet Kepler-64b and learn what it means to be present here on Earth. 

Here is an interview with Rich Kelley on the project. 

January 01, 2020

Girl Tales is podcast theatre for young audiences of all races, classes, abilities, shapes, and gender-identities. Award-winning women and trans-identifying playwrights from across the country adapt the fairy tales they read as children so the damsels are no longer in distress and the princesses are no longer in waiting! 

The Literate Mermaid by Christina Quintana

 

Myra is a mermaid who loves reading books. The problem is, every time she tries to read one it gets ruined by the ocean water! Will she become a human or figure out another way to solve this problem?

Featuring: Joseph Cordaro, Caitlin Morris, Ashton Muniz, and Elise Santora

Host and Director: Rebecca Cunningham

Sound Design and Production: Chad Chenail

Original Music: Eli Denby Wood

ENTER YOUR SLEEP this weekend at Yale Cabaret (January 18-20)

January 01, 2020

Did you ever dream that your best friend turned into your ex-girlfriend? A witch? Or even worse, your mom? Dreams do funky things to us – we wake up questioning what’s real and why the people we love manifest in such mysterious ways when we sleep. ENTER YOUR SLEEP brings us to the dream world shared by two best friends – Zico and P.K. – who must decide what to believe, what choices to make, and how to deal with tragedy…before they wake up.

PERFORMANCES JAN 18-20:
THURS, FRI, SAT 8PM
FRI, SAT 11PM

CAST:
P.K. Whylde: JJ McGlone
Glory Zico: Ciara McMillian
CREATIVE TEAM:
Playwright: Christina Quintana
Director: Rachel Shuey
Dramaturg: Leandro A. Zaneti
Producer: Melissa Rose
Stage Manager: Fabiola Feliciano-Batista
Technical Director: Jessica Hernandez
Set Designer: Emona Stoykova
Costume Designer: Sophia Choi
Lighting Designer: Daphne Agosin
Sound Designer: Kathryn Ruvuna