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Christina Quintana

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Christina Quintana
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🏫 EducationSanta Fe University of Art and Design
Columbia University School of the Arts (MFA)
💼 Occupation
🌐 Websitecquintana.com

Christina Quintana, who also goes by CQ, is an American playwright and poet with Cuban and Louisiana roots.[1] Her works have been published in literary journals and produced across the United States. The Heart Wants, her chapbook of poetry, was published in 2016 by Finishing Line Press.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Quintana attended Ursuline Academy New Orleans and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, a performing-arts high school.[1] She graduated from Santa Fe University of Art and Design in 2010 with a degree in theatre and a minor in creative writing.[3] Under the guidance of Charles Mee, she earned an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts.[1]

Quintana is the founder of Quintana Consulting, a writing consultancy for scripts, college and graduate school essays, and cover letters. She founded the Live Lunch Series in 2014, a project aiming to bring theatre to workplaces during lunch.[4] The project premiered at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and expanded to The Fortune Society, an organization that helps previously incarcerated people integrate into society.[5]

Much of her writing revolves around themes of injustice, loss, queerness, and marginalized identities.[2] At her website, she self-identifies as "a queer writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots," and says she "tells stories that mine the misconception of dissimilarity and proclaim, 'You are not alone.'"[6]


Quintana is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships for her writing:

  • 2014 Lambda Literary Emerging Voices Fellow in Fiction[7]
  • 2017 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship[8]
  • 2017 Arch & Bruce Brown Playwriting Competition – Honorable Mention: Azul[9]
  • 2017-18 New York's Playwrights Realm writing fellowship recipient[10]
  • 2018 MacDowell Colony Fellowship[11]


  • Enter Your Sleep (2012): Productions with Elm Theatre New Orleans, Baby Crow Productions, and Yale Cabaret[12]
  • Blank Canvas (2014): Production (awarded "Best Short") in the 12th annual Downtown Urban Theater Festival[13]
  • Scissoring (2014): World Premiere at INTAR (2018);[14] staged reading (2014) at the Alliance Theatre[15]
  • Three Thousand Seizures (2015): Semifinalist for Southern Rep Ruby Prize[16]
  • Evensong (2016): World Premiere at Astoria Performing Arts Center[17]
  • The Great Lonely Roamer & The Night that Changed Everything (2016): Workshop Production in NYU Voices Festival[18]
  • Gumbo (2017): Selected by the Yale Institute for Music Theatre for their 2017 Summer Lab[19]
  • Azul (2017): Honorable Mention in the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation playwriting competition[9]
  • Citizen Scientist (2018): Public reading at the 2018 First Light Festival, hosted by the EST/Sloan Project (commission)[20]
  • Mr. San Man (2018): Studio Retreat and public readings at the Lark Theatre[20]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Smith, Kelundra (2016). "Facing South". American Theatre. 33 (8): 118–121 – via ProQuest.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Author Q&A: Christina Quintana | Tethered by Letters". tetheredbyletters.com. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  3. "College of Santa Fe Celebrates its Graduating Class of 2010". Targeted News Service. June 2, 2010.
  4. "The Live Lunch Series". Fractured Atlas.
  5. "The Live Lunch Series: The Fortune Society Edition". Indiegogo.
  6. Quintana, Christina (2020). "CQ: Writer". Christina Quintana. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  7. Valenzuela, Tony (April 22, 2015). "Rita Mae Brown & John Waters to be Honored at the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary Review – via ProQuest.
  8. "The Lark Awards Brittany K. Allen and Christina Quintana with 2017 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship". The Lark.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Foundation Announces Winners of 2017 Playwriting Competition | Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation". aabbfoundation.org. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  10. "Awards & Prizes". American Theatre. 34 (9): 11. November 2017 – via Theatre Communications Group.
  11. Selvin, Claire (2018-08-29). "MacDowell Colony Awards Fellowships to 87 Artists". ARTnews. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  12. "When P.K. Met Glory". New Haven Review. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  13. "HERE | SHOWS | 12th Annual Downtown Urban Theater Festival". www.here.org. Archived from the original on 2018-11-25. Retrieved 2018-12-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. Collins-Hughes, Laura (2018-06-30). "Review: In 'Scissoring,' Visits From Ghosts of a Closeted Past". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  15. "The Alliance Theatre of Atlanta has announced". American Theatre: 19. February 2014 – via Academic OneFile.
  16. "SOUTHERN REP THEATRE ANNOUNCES WINNER OF THE 2015 RUBY PRIZE" (PDF). www.southernrep.com. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2018-12-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. "Evensong « APAC – Astoria Performing Arts Center". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  18. "The Great Lonely Roamer & The Night That Changed Everything | New Play Exchange". New Play Exchange.
  19. "'Distinctive and original' music theater works to be developed in intensive summer lab at Yale School of Drama". YaleNews. 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Christina Quintana on planet hunting, academic anxiety, women's basketball, and CITIZEN SCIENTIST". Ensemble Studio Theatre. February 6, 2018.

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