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White, M. Christine (Chris), MFA




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English, Asbury Hall, Room 323
Greencastle, IN


Professor of English and Director of the Film Studies Program

Chris White received a BA in Theatre from the University of Colorado in Boulder, took additional training in acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Los Angeles, and earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She completed her first short film, Mud Lotus, in 2013, as writer/director/producer, with producer/editor Jonathan Nichols-Pethick, NYC cinematographer, Eric Branco, and Hollywood film actor, Rae Dawn Chong, which was an official selection at the New Hampshire Film Festival and Albany Film Festival. Please see official listing on IMDb:  Her feature-length screenplays, Pain Management and Weasel in the Icebox, made first cut at Sundance Screenwriters Lab (2010, 2008).


Her plays have been produced at 13th Street Repertory, 18th Street Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Source, and the NYU’s Goldman Theatre in NYC; regional theatres including Horizons Theatre in Washington DC, Phoenix Theatre and Indy Fringe Basile Theatre in Indianapolis, and Bloomington Playwrights Project; the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland and the Adelaide Fringe in Australia; and several US universities. Dramatic works include Rhythms (Helen Hayes Award winner for Outstanding New Play), Thespian, (published by Smith & Kraus in Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2011), Two-Character Play (published by Allyn & Bacon in Explore Theatre digital textbook), and Sin Eater (commissioned by Hollins University). 


In addition to upper-level Workshops in Playwriting and Screenwriting, recent courses for DePauw include: a first-year seminar, Ethics in Plays and Film; an upper-level writing course, Adaptation; and an entry-level literature in performance course, Inhabiting Dramatic Literature. She is currently at work revising her novel manuscript, The Last Bird: The Life List of Adrian Mandrick.

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