Christine McBurney has been teaching theatre, film and radio for more than 20 years. For 16 years she taught and chaired the Shaker Heights High School Theatre Arts Department, where she produced 100+ original one-act plays in a student festival and coached two regional Shakespeare Competition Winners. At BW, she teaches Script Analysis and Theatre History, and previously served as an interim assistant professor.
Outside of academia, McBurney is a sought-after actor and director in northeast Ohio, working in film, voice-over, podcasts, on stage and now, Zoom. She is the artistic director of Bluestocking Productions and was co-founding co-artistic director of Cleveland’s critically-acclaimed classical theatre company Mamaí (2010-2017). In addition, she teaches intro to screen performance at Cleveland State University, acting at Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School and is also a private coach. She continues her training at The Houde School of Acting.
She has authored essays and theatre criticism for national and local publications including: OnStage Blog, InTheatre Magazine, BELT, FreshWater, cleveland.com and more.
McBurney has received several honors including: 2017 Cleveland Critics’ Circle Superior Achievement Award for A Doll’s House at Playhouse Square; 2017 Cleveland Critics’ Circle Special Mention Award; 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program’s Distinguished Teachers; and 2006 Who’s Who Among American Teachers.
She has also received grants and fellowships to study Shakespeare at The Globe Theatre in London, the National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare, The Juilliard School and Shakespeare & Company. She is a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Directors Lab West (LA) Directors Lab North (Toronto), and Cleveland Play House Directors’ Gym and the 2019-21 Society of Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership Class. She is represented by Docherty Talent, Heyman Talent Agency, and Attract Agency. A proud member of SDC & EMC.