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Christina Quintana

Christina Quintana

2017 Van Lier New Voices Fellow

Christina Quintana is a New York-based writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots, recently selected as a fellow for the CubaOne Foundation’s TuCuba program, connecting Cuban-Americans to the island. Her piece on the experience, “Es Cuba,” will be featured in OnCuba magazine, Spring 2017.

Her plays have been developed and produced in Atlanta, New Orleans, and New York City. Plays include: Evensong (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Flor to Somewhere (Peppercorn Theatre), Scissoring (Finalist Kitchen Dog New Works Festival; Finalist Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition), Enter Your Sleep (FringeNYC/Baby Crow Productions; Elm Theatre New Orleans), and Blank Canvas (“Best Short” in the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival).

She is the lyricist and book writer for Gumbo, a new musical, with music by Brett Macias, which was a selection for the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), received a residency at Musical Theatre Factory, and was a finalist for FWD Theatre Project, Theatre Resources Unlimited’s Musicals Series, as well as Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival’s “The PitCH.”

In 2016, her chapbook of poetry, The Heart Wants, was released from Finishing Line Press. Her writing has also appeared in Front Porch Journal, Glass Poetry Press, Saw Palm, Nimrod International Journal, Raspa Magazine, Foglifter Journal,, and beyond.

She has participated in reading series across the boroughs, including Franklin Electric, Lamprophonic, Queer Art Organics, and Contemporary Voices in Queer Literature at the City University of New York’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), as well as panels and readings outside of the city, including LitFest at the University of Dayton and West Hollywood Public Library’s Lesbian Speaker Series with author Lucy Jane Bledsoe. Many of her poems have been performed by the downtown reading series, Emotive Fruition, including "He-lium," featured on the “Elements” episode of NPR's hit show Radiolab.

Quintana is also the recipient of commissions from the Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST)/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Project, Peppercorn Theatre, and Actor’s Express, as well as fellowships from Queer/Art and Lambda Literary. She is a proud member of EST’s Obie-winning cohort of playwrights, Youngblood, and holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts. For more information, visit

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