Christine Young

Assistant Professor

Department Chair • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6733 Masonic 205

Biography

Christine Young is Chair of the Performing Arts Department, the Director of the Gender and Sexualities Studies Program, and the Co-Director of the Tech and Design Program. As a feminist theater practitioner, Professor Young’s research combines creative and scholarly work. She develops and directs plays about social issues affecting women’s lives, practices creative casting that seeks to put as many female performers onstage as possible, mentors young women theater artists, and promotes a world where women’s lives are understood not as special interest stories, but rather as essential human stories. Prior to joining the faculty at USF, she spent ten years working in non-profit arts administration, including six years as Associate Artistic Director for Playwrights Foundation. Her work has been funded by San Francisco Arts Commission, Haas Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Puffin Foundation, and Theatre Bay Area. Current projects include directing High Anxiety, a devised play about anxiety and addiction on USF’s campus, and curating Works by Women San Francisco, a blog that spotlights theatrical work produced by women in the San Francisco/Bay Area.

Appointments
Department Chair, Performing Arts and Social Justice
Program Director, Gender and Sexualities Studies
Education
MFA, Theater Directing, University of Iowa
BA, Religion, Princeton University
Experience
Nonprofit arts administrator
K-12 teaching artist
Freelance theater director
Research
Feminist theater practice and theater
Feminist pedagogy
New play development
Social change
Awards & Distinctions

Arthur I. Karshmer Award for Distinguished Service on Disability Issues, 2017