CHRISTEN MADRAZO, EDUCATION DIRECTOR
Christen has traveled internationally with DAT on six projects, for which she’s worked in over thirteen locations. On one of her favorite DAT projects, she directed a teaching artist residency, where she led on-site intensive workshops in the Roma settlement of Moldava, Slovakia. That summer, her students created a series of devised vignettes highlighting the discrimination faced by Roma populations everywhere; their incredible work was featured here, on national Slovak news.
At “home” with DAT, Christen develops curriculum and trains artists to teach in foreign environments. She acted in and dramaturged the company’s recent production of A Girl without Wings, which was performed at NYC’s IATI Theater and, while in development, read at the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage festival under its earlier title Prayer of the Condor. She also now organizes and curates the company’s Travelogue, a travel writing reading series held in NYC.
When she’s not working with DAT, Christen can be found on CUNY’s John Jay College campus, where she’s the Assistant Director of Writing. Through the writing department, she has also taught for Interdisciplinary Studies as well as for Adelante, an academic success program that links writing classes with Latina Studies. She’s a member of the CAT board (Center for Advancement of Teaching), the English department’s MAC (Major Advisory Committee) and the college-wide scholarship selection committee. In past academic lives she served as the Assistant Director of John Jay’s Writing-Across-the -Curriculum Program and also taught for Seton Hall University and Rutgers University. In the spring of 2015, she will teach writing at Otisville Prison for John Jay's Prison-to-College Pipeline program. For info on how Christen connects her work teaching theater with DAT to her work teaching college-level writing, please see this recent interview, filmed as part of the college’s The Art of Teaching: A Series for Inspiring the Best.
In her spare time, Christen writes creative nonfiction. Her pieces have been read at the Renegade Reading Series in Brooklyn, NYC, and have appeared in the academic journal The Shakespeare Bulletin. She’s a member of both Haberdasher Theatre Company and the Hell’s Kitchen theater collective, Exit, Pursued By a Bear. Favorite New York theatre credits include The Mad Hatter in the Off-Broadway Alice in Wonderland at the Actor's Temple Theatre, Rena in Richard Greenberg’s The Maderati with Haberdasher Theatre, Angkasa in Jason Williamson’s Arok of Java at EPBB, and Marvel in Child’s Drawing of a Monster with Vacant Lot Theatre. She recently married her favorite playwright, Dramatic Adventure’s own Jason Williamson, who she met while working with DAT. They live in NYC and are the proud parents of two cats Lina and Olive.