Christine Young

Christine Young

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Christine Young is Director of the Honors College. 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 nonprofit 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.

Research Areas

  • Feminist theater practice and theater
  • Feminist pedagogy
  • New play development
  • Social change


  • Director of the Honors College


  • MFA, Theater Directing, University of Iowa
  • BA, Religion, Princeton University

Prior Experience

  • Nonprofit arts administrator
  • K-12 teaching artist
  • Freelance theater director

Awards & Distinctions

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