Chris White is a two-time Sundance Screenwriters Lab finalist (first cut 2008, 2010), filmmaker, and award-winning playwright, with an MFA in dramatic writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Mud Lotus (2013), her 23-minute short film starring Rae Dawn Chong, Adam Tran and Ron Dye, screened at the New Hampshire, Albany, and Cincinnati Film Festivals (http://mudlotusfilm.com/). Her feature-length screenplay, Weasel in the Icebox, won an Award of Merit at the Women’s Independent Film Festival in 2014.
Her plays have been produced at 13th Street Repertory, 18th Street Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Source, and the Goldman Theatre in NYC, and in theatres across the U.S. including Horizons Theatre in Washington DC and the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis as well as several universities. Her commissioned play, Two-Character Play, is the dramatic centerpiece of Allyn & Bacon’s 2011 digital textbook, Explore Theatre. Her short play, Thespian, was produced at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival in Southern Australia, and the Bloomington Playwrights Project, and was published by Smith & Krauss in Best Ten Minute Plays of 2011. She’s the winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play (Charles McArthur Award) for her play, Rhythms; her play, Mud Lotus, was finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Conference and winner of the Basile Award. Her novel, The Last Bird: The Life List of Adrian Mandrick, is currently with Levine/Greenberg/Rostan Literary Agency in NYC.
Chris also worked for a number of years in the music business, where she made over twenty albums with 11-time Grammy nominee, Peter Kater, as well founded new age/world music group, Flesh and Bone (Skeleton Woman and Pagan Saints): http://www.amazon.com/Skeleton-Woman-Flesh-Bone/dp/B000000POL/ref=sr_1_1...
Chris is a tenured faculty member at DePauw University specializing in dramatic writing, and Director of DePauw’s Film Studies Program: http://www.depauw.edu/academics/departments-programs/english/faculty/det...
Award of Merit, Women’s Independent Film Festival, Weasel in the Icebox, 2014
Riva Shriver Award finalist, Mud Lotus, 2011
Sundance Screenwriters Lab (first cut), Weasel in the Icebox, 2010; Sundance Screenwriters Lab (first cut), Thaw, 2008
O’Neill Theatre Conference finalist, Mud Lotus, 2003
Heideman Award finalist (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville), Thespian, 2001
American College Theatre Fest., Honorable Mention, Sin Eater, 2000
Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play (The Charles MacArthur Award), Rhythms, 1995
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
University of Colorado at Boulder (Boulder, CO)
Lee Strasburg Theatre Institute, Los Angeles, CA