Christina Ham

"...I’m consumed by our history and things that I’m learning myself, things that I pass on to my students and things that I want to share with audiences because our story is so vast." - Christina Ham, Playwright (Dec 1, 2017, arts.gov)

Photo credit: Arena Stage

5 Things About Christina:


  1. A prolific and globally celebrated playwright, Christina Ham often focuses on highlighting the history and secrets of the African American community. This inspiration has shone through in her highly-acclaimed plays Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963, Ruby!: The Story of Ruby Bridges, and Nina Simone: Four Women.

  2. She was recently named one of "The Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights of the 2018-19 Season" by American Theatre magazine.

  3. Christina graduated of the University of Southern California. During her time there, she took a class with Velina Hasu Houston that changed her life's course and led to her choosing to pursue her M.F.A. in Playwriting from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

  4. The Los Angeles native is a member of the Kilroys, an advocacy group fighting for gender balance on the American stage.

  5. She is also committed to fostering the next generation of theatre goers and artists, leaning in heavily to her work as a teacher, mentor, and writer of work for young people.


Read more about Christina in this in-depth interview from the National Endowment for the Arts blog and on her website www.christinaham.com.

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