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Christine Crook designs costumes for theatre, dance, opera, and wildly strange performance art. Some recent stage productions include Gloria (ACT), Weightless (ACT/BRIC Brooklyn), The Threepenny Opera (West Edge Opera), Abraham In Flames (Z Space), Men On Boats (ACT), Bernstein's Mass (Lincoln Center), Quartet (West Edge Opera), Black Rider (Shotgun Players), and Pancho Villa From A Safe Distance (Ballroom Marfa). Upcoming productions include Salome (San Jose Opera), and the world premiere of the traveling opera Birds On the Moon presented by The Broad Stage in Los Angeles.
Christine has also presented design-driven live art and costume installations in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Berkeley. She was awarded a Bridging The Gap Grant for continued experimentation with costume design during a residency in Berlin with the Institut für Alles Mögliche 2016. She also recently participated as an artist in residence with Light Box in Detroit 2019.
|Quartet (West Edge Opera)|
Her studio work channels the atavistic instinct of "costume" as an ancient ritual of wildness, and is inspired by blended traditions in folk art, the occult, ceremonial masquerade, and contemporary pop culture. Christine strives to allow the costume to exist on its own as a magical sculpture distorting and transforming the body of the wearer. With this new work Christine works viscerally and embraces randomness while creating, which results in an assemblage of exaggerated forms fused with emotion and a wild camp aesthetic.
|Hawkmoon (Shotgun Players)|
Christine has a BA in Theatre from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in Costume Design from UC San Diego. She has taught costume design with University of San Francisco, Academy of Art University, and is now an Assistant Professor of Theatre with Southeastern Louisiana University.