Cristina Pippa is an award-winning writer and the recipient of a 2015 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She completed her BA at Columbia University and her MFA at the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop, where she received the Norman Felton Fellowship and the Iowa Fellowship for the Arts. Most recently, she wrote and co-directed the short films "Amelia," "The Last Job" and "Under One Roof."
Called “original, quick-witted, and… daringly strange” by NYTheatre.com and “heart tugging and humorous” by KDHX, Cristina's work has been produced and developed by The Hangar Theatre Lab Company, Avalon Theatre Company, Russell Sage College, Six Figures Theatre Company, Hubris Productions, Gallery Players, The Looking Glass Theatre in New York, This Woman's Work Theatre Company, Axial Theatre Company, Lakes Performing Arts Center, Darwin Turner Action Theater, and by members of Bedlam Faction and the Rude Mechanicals in Austin, TX.
Avalon Theatre Company commissioned and produced Cristina’s play, LITTLE BOSNIA, based on interviews she conducted in the U.S. and in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She also received a commission from the HBMG Foundation to write and direct a new play, as well as from the Special School District Foundation in St. Louis. Stages Theatre Company commissioned and produced Cristina's stage adaptation of Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures and The Most Magnificent Thing, with music and lyrics by Michael Gruber.
Musical collaborations with Sharon Kenny have been finalists for the O’Neill Music Theatre Conference and nominated for the Weston Playhouse New Musical Award. Their musical, IN VAIN, received a 2014 workshop with actors from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. Cristina's play, CELL CYCLE, is published by JAC Publishing and in part by Roger Ellis in More Scenes and Monologs from the Best New Plays. She also has an essay in the book, Staging Social Justice.