Playwright / Writer / Consultant
CHRISTINA QUINTANA (CQ) is a queer writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. There is "other" and "in-between" in all of us; CQ tells stories that mine the misconception of dissimilarity and proclaim, "You are not alone."
Her plays and musicals have been developed and produced with companies including Barrington Stage Company, Southern Rep, INTAR, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Astoria Performing Arts Center, and more. Her play Scissoring is published and available for licensing via Dramatists Play Service and a monologue from Azul is published in The Kilroys List: Volume 2. For more, visit NPX.
CQ's poetry, fiction, and lyric nonfiction is published in Boudin: The Online Home of the McNeese Review, PulpMag, OnCuba, Nimrod Journal, Foglifter, great weather for MEDIA, and and beyond. Her poem "She-lium" was featured on Radiolab's "Elements" episode in collaboration with Emotive Fruition.
This past year, CQ's hour-long dystopian drama pilot, Invisible Lily, appeared on the WeForShe "Ones to Watch" List, and she served as Staff Writer on the ABC series The Baker and the Beauty.
She is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from WP Theater, MacDowell (Ernest and Red Heller Fellow), Playwrights Realm, Van Lier/New Voices at The Lark, CubaOne, Queer/Art, and Lambda Literary, as well as commissions from Audible, The Civilians, Palo Alto Playhouse, EST/Alfred P. Sloan Project, Peppercorn Theatre Company, and more. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.
Spanning two countries and three generations, AZUL fuses music and memory to ask: what is the true language of love?
Neema, an astronomer, meet exploring the starfield for exoplanets and battling their recent losses. Together, they discover a planet and learn what it means to be present here on Earth.
Childhood best friends, meet in a wild night of dreams to unravel their complex friendship, battle their sadness, and, ultimately, face a looming, dark truth.
Teo works as a bank teller, goes on mediocre online dates, and searches for stability and connection while navigating the tangled shelter system.
On New Year’s Eve, a polar bear arrives in suburban Texas in search of a new home, while his sister winds up in New York City to track him down. What follows: a night that will impact the future of an entire species...
When Abigail Bauer takes a job as a teacher at a conservative Catholic school, she is forced to step back into the closet. As she struggles to reconcile her professional ambitions, personal relationships, religious beliefs, and internalized shame, she must find the courage to be unabashedly herself.
Tobias was a real person; far more than footnote in one of North America's earliest-known scandals. Melding the forms of narrative-fiction and playwriting, TOBIAS explores a distinct connection across three backgrounds: Mohawk, African, and Dutch, and examines the complicated lines between power, sex, and love.
New York advertising exec Petra Hourani battles her escalating epilepsy symptoms and impending neurosurgery. Haunted by her personified seizures, who is she with them and who is she without them?
poetry & prose.
"Whitish" (lyric essay)
THE PUNCH MAGAZINE
"Caroline & John" (short story)
"The Queer Continuum: Emily Hashimoto..." (interview)
"In a Dark House" (lyric essay)
"Read (More) Plays" (flash essay)
"Go Hug Your Father" (lyric essay)
"The Three Little Pigs & the Big, Bad Buzzcut-Loving Agenda" (satire)
"Genderfication (Part I: Collaboration)" (lyric essay)
"Living is Contagious: Aimee Herman..." (interview)
"What's in a Name? Why SCISSORING" (essay)
"The Conversation of Resistance"(essay)
"Soul History" (lyric essay)
"Life is an Application" (experimental/lyric essay)
"On Evensong" (essay)
"The Best-Kept Part of You"
(fiction w/ photographer JJ Jetel)
"Historia (For Orlando)" (poetry)
"Alchemy" & "King or Queen(tana)" (poetry)
A Slip of Moon excerpt (fiction)
"Bushwick Avenue-Aberdeen Street" & "Painting" (poetry)
"And How" (poetry)
(Forthcoming Spring 2021)
JACAR PRESS / ACTING UP: QUEER IN THE NEW CENTURY ANTHOLOGY
"Intensive Care" (poetry)
The Heart Wants (poetry chapbook)
NIMROD INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL
"Origins of Dress" (lyric essay)
"Live Like the Geraces," "After Garner," &"Al" (hybrid/poetry)
"Cornflakes con Leche" (poetry)
"Love's Equation," "January," and "Reunion" (poetry)
news & events.
Manal Hammad & Gina Reyes
CONSULTING + PERSONAL
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