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LD Christina Watanabe Joins Webster University as Assistant Professor of Lighting Design

Stage Directions • Changing Roles • April 21, 2021

The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University is proud to welcome Christina Watanabe as Assistant Professor of Lighting Design. In an announcement from the Conservatory, they commented, “Christina’s impressive artistic trajectory and proven record as an educator uniquely qualify her to lead our BFA program in Lighting Design. We are delighted to have her join the Webster community in the Fall. We are extremely fortunate to gain such an esteemed, accomplished colleague.”

We at Stage Directions send our warm congratulations to Watanabe on her new position!

Stage Directions spotlighted Watanabe and her work in the April issue:

Watanabe is an award-winning designer and educator for theater, dance, music, and events. Recent credits include Carla’s Quince (virtual, Drama League nomination), Where We Stand (WP Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Virginia Stage Company), As You Like It (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), pathetic (Minor Theatre), The Wild Party (Post Theatre Company), Peer Gynt (Barnard), Heartbreak House (Gingold Theatrical Group), A Christmas Carol (FL Rep), Into the Woods (Charlottesville Opera), The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Weir, Fireflies, and Private Lives (White Heron Theatre Company), Scissoring (INTAR), Dido of Idaho (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Small World: a fantasia (59E59), Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement (INTAR), Daniel’s Husband (Primary Stages/Cherry Lane), and I Will Look Forward To This Later (New Ohio). Christina’s television credits include Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State (co-design, CNN). She is an active member in United Scenic Artists Local 829, and she is the recipient of a 2019 Knights of Illumination USA award for her work on The Wild Party.

Watanabe is currently a Visiting Assistant Arts Professor at the University of Central Oklahoma and has taught also at New York University. She holds an MFA from NYU.

Further information from Christina Watanabe:






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